Posting short (200 character) science fiction stories based in real science every day for National Poetry Month.

Monkey Mind Control science fiction stories and flash fiction with Kimberly Burnham Photo by Robin Easton on Unsplash

April 6, 2021 Monkey Mind Control

Excited, Joel 14, paralyzed in a ski accident waited as surgeons chipped his brother. The chip sent brain activity in Marty’s mind to a spinal receiver causing movement in Joel’s arms and legs. No one expected the chip to cause Marty to go crazy.

Science: A 2014 study in Nature Communications describes how one monkey can control the movements of another with its mind. “Using two rhesus macaques, scientists implanted a chip into the brain of the “master” monkey that could convert its…

Red Green Color blindness short fiction with Kimberly Burnham Photo by Daniil Kuželev on Unsplash

Controlling pain with radio waves science poetry with Kimberly Burnham Photo by Fernando Lavin on Unsplash

by Kimberly Burnham formed from the Words of the Inner Child Poetry Posse in The Year of the Poet, March 2021

A Cento poem is carved lines of poetry, taken out of context put into a new context creating something unique.

Art just like literature
and an American activist
Tatyana Fazklizadeh ……………(Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo Foreword)
part of this wonderful cooperative effort
towards a conscious humanity ….……(William S. Peters, Sr Preface)

I’ll definitely pay attention …………… (Tatyana Fazlalizadeh xiii)
I will ignore it
I ………………………………………….(Gail …

Science Fiction Writing Prompts are part of the National Poetry Month Challenge to write a short story or poem story in 200 or less characters.

In full wet suit, his hand gloved, Jussi carefully swished a poisonous nudibranch, basically a sea slug, into a collection bag. Two days later, he smiled at a Finnish newspaper headline, “1 SCUBA Diver Dead, 1 in Hospital Cause Unknown.”

Sea slug or Nudibranch nature poetry and science fiction with Kimberly Burnham Photo by Kris Mikael Krister on Unsplash

Science: Ten remarkable new marine species discovered in 2020. Among them is the Yellow Sea Slug of Ørland: Dendronotus yrjargul. “This sea slug was first noticed and photographed in 2014 by SCUBA diver Kjetil Johnson…

Featured in The Year of the Poet April, 2020 Volume 76.

Peace in Bolivia, Paraguay and South America poetry with Kimberly Burnham Photo by gustavo lepe on Unsplash

Peace in South America

Shhhh bring peace to South America
and the world
Carlos Saavedra honored with the 1936 Nobel Peace Prize
a mediator of conflict
between Paraguay and Bolivia
linguistically diverse countries
where “Paz” is peace in Spanish
but so is “Krɨ̃ba rõma” in Aché of Paraguay
“Inkamankiye” in Manjui Choroti of Bolivia

We need to be able to talk to our neighbors
understand our differences
listen to the other
sit and comfort a friend
via distances if necessary
stand up for each other
find peace in “Paz”, “Krɨ̃ba rõma”
and “Inkamankiye”…

Featured in The Year of the Poet March, 2020 Volume 75.

We are in our seventh year as the Inner Child Press Poetry Posse. Reflecting on the last six years gives us a chance to see and enjoy the learning and growth.

• Three poems a month is a lot of work or easy depending on the month, my state of mind, and state of life. • Poetry like life is unpredictable and full of beauty. • Some poems flow out already formed perfect just how they manifest while others need to be revised and revised again so that each…

Featured in The Year of the Poet February, 2020 Volume 74.

Poetry in response to Belgian born Henri La Fontaine, 1913 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Henri La Fontaine, 1913 Nobel Peace Prize winner. Peace poetry with Kimberly Burnham

Woke Peace

Lover of peace
part agitator part senator for the people
Henri La Fontaine 1913 Nobel Peace prize winner
saw his beloved Belgium invade in 1914
again in World War II
but not the return of peace
and liberation for he died in 1943

Between the wars La Fontaine wrote the people are not awake dangers render a world organization impossible secret bargaining behind closed doors peoples will be as before sheep sent to the slaughterhouses…

Featured in The Year of the Poet January, 2020 Volume 73.

This year the focus of the The Year of the Poet is on Noble Peace Prize winners. Each month we will write poetry and thoughts based on responses to the lives and achievements of Peace Prize winners.

A new decade dawns with poetry and wisdom. This is our collective poetry posse’s seventh year publishing The Year of The Poet with a book a month from Inner Child Press. …

Featured in The Year of the Poet December, 2019 Volume 72.

Indonesia Languages and Culture poetry with Kimberly Burnham Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

Madura Peaceful Listening

Madura a peaceful Indonesian island
means “paradise” in Tamil
we don’t hear too much about her
perhaps because “anteŋ” the word for peace
in Madurese also means still, calm, gentle
and most of all quiet
not speaking much
giving more time to listen
to the waves and waterfalls
the wild Banteng and Balinese cattle
and occasionally a wandering whistling duck

Shirt of Peace

Words are amazing
a few letters carry so much meaning
unique in different languages
even in the same language

In Mengen an Austronesian language of New Britain in Oceania…

Kimberly Burnham

Writer, Poet, Ekphrastic Writer-in-Residence, Nerve Whisperer, Brain Health Coach, Author of The Traveling Brain: Illuminating Peace Poetry in 5000 Languages.

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