How Poets Change the World–They Inspire Us toward Passion

Monday Discussion

My son is the third “Marty” in the family. I am the junior and my Dad is the leader of the band. Dad lives in heaven now but his son and his namesake, my son, still roam the earth and seek to honor the Lord my Dad now sees face to face.

Marty III, is a poet and performer, currently working at Follet Books and aggressively working on a goal of 100 new poems written by the end of 2012. He also performs on college campuses and anywhere else he can get a hearing.

You can visit a couple of his Youtube offerings here  and  here. I love his passion and pray that his influence for the King will distance mine by seismic proportions. Here’s his latest offering. 

Fybur Glass Lyin

by Marty Schoenleber, III on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 2:32pm ·

 Maybe you haven’t noticed but
I don’t wanna be no half-hearted fan
I wanna be a total sell-out
Hands up in the front row
Wearing a half dozen of my favorite logo
You can see me with my eyes closed
Lost in the song like it’s a prayer
The kind of prayer that wakes up sleepers
To dreams bigger than anyone’s grim reapers
I honestly can’t wait to meet the lead singer
I mean, I feel like we’re close already
But it’s the difference between recognition nods and hugs
And I wanna be hugged
Eyes closing over one another’s shoulders like we’re best friends
I wanna be best friends with the lead singer
Call me groupie, follower, die-hard fan
I will never cut off my neon-green wristband
I wear it like Olympic gold earned for my country
I don’t want a single outfit unless it came off the merch-table
I am a t-shirt wearing, patch stitching, sticker sticking fanatic
And I get kick out you thinking I’ve sewn too many patches
Truth is I still need more to cover these holes
I keep finding spots that need stitching
Your eyes are eyes that need vision
If you can’t see my rips are causing friction
It’s like a fiber glass lion
Making sure that nobody’s alive in
Case they ever want to die
To themselves and become something else
But we’re still stuck in this quicksand
Hoping for a reaching hand
Of unwavering faith to pull us out of this murky mud mess
Mess of everything we’ve made, a mess of everything
We’ve made a mess of everything
But maybe you’ve noticed,
I don’t wanna be no lukewarm fan
Driven out like hearses that never knew the lyrics
The dance floor’s too big to fill up so we’re waiving the cover fee at the door
Just come on in and dance like you’ve never danced before
There’s a reason it’s my favorite band
And I know right now you don’t understand
But soon enough you’ll see,
And you’ll come into the show and start singing music with me
At least I hope you like ‘em too
They’re playing every kind of tune
You’ll never wanna leave the room
I swear it
All you gotta do is listen
It’s just a metaphor not fiction
It’s as real as my pulsing wrists
So I really must insist
That you hear I’m certain of this
There are no indifferent fans
It’s just one of those bands,
You love ‘em
Or you’ve never seen their show.
Marty Schoenleber, Jr. is the founding pastor of one church, the interim pastor of another and the church planting trainer/mentor of over 200 other church planting pastors. He is adjunct professor of Church Planting at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and has taught Preaching at the International School of Theology, and Evangelism at Moody Graduate School of Theology. He is also the Director of the Saint John’s Pastoral Center, a pastoral care and retreat center located in a growing number of Bed and Breakfast houses across the mid-west. His latest book is Picking a President: Or Any Other Elected Official (CrossBooks, [late May 2012]). To enjoy a free subscription to his blog, log-on to, where you can post your comments, view past blogs in our archive and read the latest reflections on church planting, Biblical Expositions and musings about church, culture and spiritual formation. Follow Pastor Marty on twitter @1Chosenrebel4JC.

2 thoughts on “How Poets Change the World–They Inspire Us toward Passion

  1. “The dance floor’s too big to fill up so we’re waiving the cover fee at the door
    Just come on in and dance like you’ve never danced before”

    Great lines! Tell Marty III to keep up the work and charge out into this generation with the glorious gospel.


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