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!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

OULIPOST#13: Marriage song for the Late

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 thirteenth of thirty prompts in the Oulipost project.

The found poem below is in response to this prompt:

Oulipost #13: EPITHALAMIUM

 An Oulipian epithalamium, or marriage song, is one composed exclusively with the letters of the names of bride and groom (bride and bride, groom and groom, etc). Visit the engagement or wedding announcements section of your newspaper and select a couple. Write a poem using only words that can be made with the letters in their name. You may choose to use first names only if you prefer anonymity or full names if you’re desperate for more letters.

There were no names mentioned in the wedding section so I looked at the next page and found the obituary of the Late Judith, wife to the Late Lawrence.

d( )wn under.

Raw dance
Late dance
Lithe dance
d( )wn under.

and hence
and thence
and whence?
d( )wn under. 

we wander
we thunder
d( )wn under
we're rendered.

 Obituaries. The Sunday Nation. 13 Apr. 2014: pg 49. 

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