you were my first
you could have been my last
you are my lost

And to YHWH
You are my first
You are my last
I'm no longer lost
Isaiah 61:1-3
" for ashes..."

- Mildred Achoch, 4th September, 2011


A big thank you to David Citino and his amazing, inspirational book "Paperwork", for reminding me that poems - and poets - are worth something.

Many thanks to my namesake "Mimi" Mik for taking the time to read my crazy poems, and for giving me her invaluable feedback. You rock!

Asante sana to Murfy's Flaw for being one of the coolest and 'down-to-earthest' Kenyan rock bands! And for allowing their awesome song "In Silence" to be part of the soundtrack of this book of poems.

I salute the prolific poet Phatalvision for reading ALL my poems! By the way sir, "old school" is "gold 'n' cool" :-)

I am very thankful to my mum, dad and sister, for putting up with me all these years. I love you!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

OULIPOST #8: Otorious Pistorius Pisto(l)

Every day this April, nearly 80 poets will write one poem per day by applying constrained writing techniques sourced from the Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle — or “workshop of potential literature”) group to text sourced from their daily local newspaper. This is the eighth of thirty prompts in the Oulipost project.

The found poem below is in response to this prompt:


Select a name from one of your newspaper articles, famous or not. Compose a poem using only words that can be made from the letters in that person’s name. For example, if you selected “John Travolta,” you may only use words that can be made from the letters A, J, H, L, N, O, R, T and V.

otorious Pistorius
is sori.
tis is Pistorius' stori:
Pistorius (?)ost it,
usis pisto(?) to stop it,
ut toi(?)it.

is Pistorius sirious?!


AFP. "Pistorius apologises to family of girlfriend." The Daily Nation. 8 Apr. 2014: pg 29


  1. This is a such a laugh!

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it miskmask :-) Just goes to show that the line between tragedy and comedy is very thin indeed :-)

  2. I highly recommend miskmask's Pistorius-inspired oulipoem :-)