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 22, 2014

OULIPOST22: No Trouble Outside Hell

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-second of thirty prompts in the Oulipost project.

The poem below is in response to the following prompt:

Oulipost #22: Antonymy 

In Oulipian usage, antonymy means the replacement of a designated element by its opposite. Each word is replaced by its opposite, when one exists (black/white) or by an alternative suggesting antonymy (a/the, and/or, glass/wood).
Original: To be or not to be, that is the question.
Antonymy: To not be and to be: this was an answer.
Select a passage from your newspaper source text to complete this exercise


Obey my Evening Jam
Melody Countryside.

Many  False Hate
The Old and The Calm.

His Father's Son
No trouble outside hell.


Television line up, NTV and KTN. The Daily Nation. 22 Apr. 2014. pg 36.
9:00am Movie: Cars
11:15am The Young and the Restless
12:00pm Rhythm City
6:00pm One True Love
10:30pm Movie: Trouble in Paradise

5:00am Command your morning
6:00am Morning Express
6:00pm Her mother's daughter

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