on the dangling of an earbud ©Cali Lili™

on the dangling of an earbud
©Cali Lili™


do i sound angry on that ?

is the new

“do i look fat in this ?”

imagining the haircut


preening from the box

guru “curates”




for the air

broadcasting to

the cultured

and the not so.

cure – ates




cult – ured


my cheeks bloom

as he


pats her

on the  

purrs into the mic  :

she’s a “good” feminist

“she doesn’t sound


good feminist.

gooood feminist.



slams back traffic

one earbud trails

my ears blazing

what time is


late for work





isn’t it



time to

curate for ourselves ?

we Toddlers of the 21st

we buttoning up yesterday’s lapels

is it not,



to stitch him up

that, Van Gogh ?  

to catch it on the first with Maya Angelou?

one earbud dangling

traffic blares  

one earbud dangling

late for work

i understand  

one earbud dangling






the cult-ured

muster up

to celebrate

the artist  

out there


like an earbud

to celebrate

one earbud dangling

the one who crawled thru mud and gutts

to win the war within  

instead of  

sell a  brating  

the programmer holding court by gate. keepers.

Do You.

Do You,


Programming ?

I for instance,

am not a DVR.

but i notice  

the good feminist,

drives away from the interview,

in a brand new car.

cool car.

me ?

one earbud dangling

i’ll walk home

it’s not far.


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#21stCentury is our Opportunity to ask OURSELVES …


“ In these “Hard Times” it’s so easy to point out “What’s Wrong with _____ ” bc since #Election2016, so many harmful behaviors have been given free reign, running “#wild” to challenge “#civilization” … I have been looking for ways to learn from it all … and one of the places my mind keeps “roaming” … is that … these harmful behaviors are exhibited by those who took the opportunity to capitalize upon the #Misogyny#Racism #Homophobia #Sexism #Corporatism #ClimateDenial #Greed + Fanciful Justifiers 4 #Indifference 2wrd our fellow #HumanBeings #Life#Wildlife #MotherEarth #Oceans which has unfortunately sought to fully dominate our shared cultures, civilizations and #planet for years, and centuries. The #21stCentury is our #Opportunity to View, in full View … the tendencies we have struggled to manage for so long … the #21stCentury is our Opportunity to ask OURSELVES, every one of us : What part of ME seeks to #coopt and #compete instead of #cooperate… We see that #competitive “ one upsmanship ” in every aspect of every #industry … including industries like #arts + #education#medicine#law … not to say that #competition is necessarily negative, it often brings out the best in us … but often, it’s just about #Power + finally #Succeeding so we can brag to our parents, friends, and ourselves … We see daily, as a result of the #misogyny which has seeped itself deeply into the cell walls of every aspect of culture, including EVEN the #DemocraticParty ( we know the Republican Party has fed from the trough of misogyny, sexism, racism, homophobia, and climate neglect for many years ) What we witness today is an example of what happens with an #Ego #RunAmuck … the #depravity of pure #ambition … leading to pure fascism … so I ask every one of us … to ask ourselves in our own hearts : in what part of my life am I seeking to co-opt innocence simply in order to prove my “superiority” … Again, nothing wrong with #competing for a #prize … especially when it’s in #fun and #celebration of the #humanspirit … and especially when it #Unites Us … but I ask, that we ask ourselves : is it a clean competition in which I engage ? Am I simply shutting down my competition in order to win so I can prove to my parents, my friends, myself that I really AM a success ? And … how do I define #success ? … All these ideas came to me as I listened to this episode about #Wildlife … I was particularly struck by the #misogyny I heard from a #Scientist studying #whoopingcranes … LOL … I know that is obscure … but having just made a feature film / indie film that deals in part, with #MisogynyInScience and #FemaleScientists … I guess my “antennae” are sensitized to hearing it ….( yes I know some would say “over-sensitized” … see, THAT’s part of the problem with #misogyny … it can be explained … #mansplained in so many which ways ) …. So … Here are some thoughts about the #whoopingcrane story … http://www.radiolab.org/story/birds/#commentform ( in short : scientists conducted an #experiment releasing whooping cranes “into the wild” but found the cranes began feeding on #birdfeeders situated in a backyard … when they asked the “lady of the house” to take down her bird-feeders, she refused … we ultimately discover that the reason she refused to take down the feeders, is that her husband, dying of #alzheimers disease, took his greatest final pleasures, and final moments with his wife, in viewing the birds who had visited their home for so many years … ) … these thoughts also relate to every other aspect of this excellent episode of the always excellent #radiolab #radiolabpodcast : i want to preface my comment with the fact that I am a person who is SUPER dedicated to protecting the #environment, and ESPECIALLY our sisters and brothers in the wildlife kingdom… I mean … I am VERY involved in caring for the environment … but when I heard the scientist in the whooping crane story, reacting to the gentlewoman, who was caring for her ailing husband, in part thru their life-long relationship to wildlife .. I i found it so … unfortunately “predictable” that the scientist would have called the woman with the bird-feeders a “crazy bird woman” … he either knew or didn’t care about the circumstances that led her to refuse to take down the feeders … if scientists decide to do an experiment “in the wild” … and yet they are conducting the experiment with a perimeter that includes “human wild-life” … as in, us humans, as “wild” beings with “wild” emotions, “wild” needs … especially those of us who happen to be #male, who may exhibit our “wildness” in a manner that might be ( likely is) very VERY different from the “wildness” of male humans, … ( that wildness in us females, often exhibited in behaviors related to “love” , “ nurturing” “family bonding” … etc …. ) then scientists might add in to their experiment, how the “wildness” in humans might intersect with animal “wild life” … as you might glean, i actually consider aspects of human behavior to be “wild life” … and I know that the dampening of that part of human beings, leads to a deadly “over intellectualization” … and eventually a “corporatization” of the human, being human … so I’d ask … why didn’t the scientists conduct the experiment in a region where there could be no bird-feeders ? … and I also request … that Scientists listen to the misogynist, cruel tone struck, when they maligned the gentlewoman’s “mental capacities” when she wouldn’t succumb to their dictates … I want it to be understood, that in a misogynist world, in large and small ways, women, females, girls, who refuse to do what we are told … by some real or imagined “authority” figure, are often maligned in the same manner … and very often called “crazy” when we refuse to give up what is wild in us. These scientists would be better served, learning from the “crazy bird lady” than in attempting to poach what is wild in her. “ ©Cali Lili ™
If there are any #FemaleScientists out there who might like to discuss these ideas, and perhaps discuss a preview of my feature film project, I am definitely interested in a discussion and my FeMPoWorD™ team and I would appreciate your "likes” and shares on the Movie Trailer, Social Media sites, and at the Music previews site !
( Preview song from my upcoming Motion Picture entitled “ eVe N’ god this female is not yet rated ™ : https://calililiindies.bandcamp.com/track/rules-of-engagement-ragtagraptag-cali-lili-cali-lili-indies-all-rights-reserved