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"Liberal Quatrains" Will Become A Kindle Book


In the past three years, I have written hundreds of quatrains to express support for President Obama and provide windows on pressing issues. I am now selecting some of them to create a Kindle book. 

Here are few.

Post Bush 2

Few people noticed few could read
Obama's body as it swayed
But I could see as plain as day
The end of the dictators' sway 


Present Farce


The economy will remain dead until
The future can be seen past oil and cars
And metro sprawl gives way to new cities
That remake life beyond our present farce 


Betrayal


Jesus is betrayed by all of us each day
We should not judge for fear of being judged
But sometimes we have nothing more to say
Than how can Christians act in such a way 


Hey Mitt 

Obama was not stampeded into Libya
And if you want to bet I'll double you
A global revolution is at stake but you don't see
History frowns on such hypocrisy 


Odyssey Dawn 


Odyssey Dawn means global revolution
Odyssey Dawn means ancient values rule anew
Odyssey Dawn means we think beyond warfare
To where the music of new freedom will ring true 


Conflict


Conflict unresolved spawns every evil
A house that is divided will not stand
Conflict unresolved is homicidal
Jesus knew and we'd best understand 


Our Task 


Democracy protects the rights of all
But many think that order is too tall 
Too much injustice we all fall 
Come spread the word the universal call

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The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

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Stephen C. Rose Bio

Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…