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Moses Hochstetler

(Age: 69)
Indiana, United States

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Date Joined: May 10, 2003
Last Bio Update: January 6, 2010
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I have had a rural upbringing, and many of my poems reflect this lifestyle. I didn't realize my writing potential until I turned forty, but I had a dream as a youngster that I was standing before a huge crowd reciting my own poetry, and it flowed effortlessly from my mouth. Now many of my poems come "spur of the moment" through some sort of inspiration, and sometimes I write 2 or 3 poems in one day. At other times I labor for years to try and get a poem just right. My most prolific year was 1992 - during which I averaged more than 2 poems per week. I recently graduated from the Institute of children's literature, and expect to contribute a number of poems for and about children in the future (one of my favorite subjects to write about). I write on all types of subjects from serious social issues to humorous and non-sense verses, and from nostalgic, love, and nature,to inspirational. I try to vary my meter, form, and style, as well as to go from fiction to non-fiction, traditional to free-verse. One of my favorite styles is the Sonnet. Some of my favorite poets are Shakespeare, Oliver Wendall Holmes, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Guest, and my fellow native-born Hoosier: James Whitcomb Riley. Although I favor the traditional style in my own writing, my all time favorite poem (excluding some of the Psalms) is "Lincoln, Man of the People" - a "free verse" by Edwin Markham. My poetic philosophy is that poems should in some way inspire,move the emotions, or be touching, uplifting,encouraging, thought-provoking, educational, beautiful, or just plain fun. I have received numerous awards and honorable mentions in national poetry contests. A number of my lyrics have been written to music by artists and recorded and/or performed before live audiences. I have appeared and read poetry on Public television and at banquets, and I long ago lost track of all the books, magazines, and newspapers that have published my writings. I have a book being published by Xlibris, with 52 poems, lyrics, and essays on my past experiences growing up in an Amish family. the book is titled "Recollections of An Amish Childhood" and is available in both soft cover and hard cover. It is now available through Barnes & Noble. Other interests of mine are cooking, playing guitar, listening to classical, Celtic, and folk/bluegrass music, dining out with friends and family, and Biblical research. I am a deeply religious individual, father, and grandfather. I have ideas for several historical novels, and some day hope to start a syndicated small town newspaper column under the heading: "Talk of the Town." Thanks, Bob, for giving us this wonderful site, and thank you (random order) Gregory, Lyle, Walter, Robert, Barry, Denny, Candy, Janet, Janice, Dawn, Regina, Irina, Denise, Nancy, Pepper, Kay Lee, Joan, Jenny, Paul, Caitlin, and my two adoptees: Victoria and Heather, (and all the rest of you, adults and Jr's.) for all your wonderful comments about my poems, (and yes - even your corrections!)and for sharing all of your thoughts and beautiful compositions with the rest of us.

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6 7+ 08-05-03 1373 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1338 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2411 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1651 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 1014 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2681 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 3092 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1293 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-06-04 836 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 465 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 1066 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1252 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 449 January
10+ 12-29-03 1152 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 541 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 856 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 561 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 983 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 843 Time
10+ 12-21-03 930 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 839 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 1063 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 929 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 1025 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 818 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 956 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 976 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 868 December
7+ 11-16-03 1061 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 1008 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
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13+ 09-06-03 1005 When the Geese Fly By
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10+ 08-31-03 973 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 850 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 1000 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 931 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 978 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 908 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 1040 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1736 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1410 Mulligan's Stew
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7+ 07-25-03 979 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 1057 July
7+ 07-21-03 1323 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1487 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 883 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 1022 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 1075 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 1034 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 1033 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 965 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 1074 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 1054 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1201 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 1111 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 1059 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1287 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 922 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1142 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 926 November Chill
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7+ 06-26-03 883 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1556 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 1023 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 1095 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
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7+ 06-04-03 992 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
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Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1266 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 1097 Software
10+ 05-31-03 859 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 986 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1584 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1142 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 921 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 1029 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 854 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1310 Beauty of Death
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10+ 05-24-03 878 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 8330 Say No To Drugs
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7+ 05-17-03 1049 Captains In the Army
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10+ 05-16-03 889 The Day of the Cavalry
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