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!

Monday, April 21, 2014

OULIPOST#21: Get mixed up

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 twenty-first of thirty prompts in the Oulipost project.

The poem below is in response to the following prompt:
Craft a conversation poem using “he said/she said” quotes that you find in newspaper articles.

We are aware that
Last days are here.
It is our responsibility to
Get mixed up, misplaced, or lost enroute.

Make sure we leave this place.
You have to figure things out
As clean as we found it.

"Owuor's prayer rally a blessing for traders." The Daily Nation. 21 Apr. 2014
"We are aware that it is our responsibility to make sure we leave this place as clean as we found it."..."last days are here."

"Be ready to work odd hours." The Daily Nation 21 Apr. 2014
"Sometimes cargo does get mixed up, misplaced or lost enroute. You have to figure things out very fast."

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