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 20, 2014

OULIPOST20: Clock Ticking

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 twentieth of thirty prompts in the Oulipost project.

The poem below is in response to the following prompt:

Oulipost #20: Lescurean Permutation [Plain]

Select a newspaper article or passage from a newspaper article as your source text. Switch the first noun with the second noun, the third noun with the fourth noun, and so on until you’ve reached the end of your text.

The television
on the successful.

Talk show host mess
and her private of a life.

She is a gorgeous job
with a beautiful outside.

On the woman looking in
she might seem like a
single, black, beautiful life but

that there is an
overly demanding




Mosongo, Josephine. "Being Mary Jane" The Daily Nation. 20 Apr. 2014. 
"The series centres on the successful television talk show host Mary Jane Paul and her mess of a private life. She is a gorgeous woman with a great job and a beautiful house. On the outside looking in. she might seem like a single, black, beautiful woman with a great life, but beneath that there is an overly demanding family that never supports her, a producer who will do anything to get ahead a suicidal friend, two good looking suitors who are not really what they seem to be and a ticking biological clock."

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