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!

Friday, April 18, 2014

OULIPOST#18: Loins of Papal Lover Thaw

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 eighteenth of thirty prompts in the Oulipost project.

The poem below is in response to the following prompt:


Choose a sentence or short passage from your newspaper to complete a homoconsonantism. In this form, the sequence of consonants in a source text is kept, while all its vowels are replaced. For example:

ORIGINAL: To be or not to be: that is the question.
CONSONANTS ONLY: T b r n t t b t t s t h q s t n
FINAL PRODUCT: As burnt tibia: it heats the aqueous tone.

"Millions of people all over the world will not report to work this morning. Most of them will be joining their families at home for the long Easter weekend..."

Loins of papal lover thaw,
[de]railed will/nature, pretty war,
Kit his mourn
Bhajia nun
nag mist of rhythm.
Gather female 
Suite home fruit
Healing Esther
nag mist of rhythm.

Kariuki, Ngare. "Whether fact or fiction, Jesus of Nazareth remains quite a compelling figure." The Daily Nation. 18 Apr. 2014: DN2 2 and 3.

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