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Moses Hochstetler

(Age: 66)
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 1173 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1022 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2111 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1349 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 897 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2493 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2586 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1134 Sunny Side Up
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13+ 01-27-08 588 November Moon
10+ 02-28-04 848 The Broodersville Hens
13+ 02-28-04 992 The Sage of Tara Hill
10+ 02-22-04 809 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 694 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 339 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 936 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1087 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 339 January
10+ 12-29-03 1014 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 366 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 730 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 403 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 834 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 732 Time
10+ 12-21-03 777 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 724 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 926 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 772 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 840 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 715 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 834 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 838 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 714 December
7+ 11-16-03 897 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 885 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 900 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 896 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 765 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 779 The Lovers' Chord
13+ 09-15-03 853 Shiloh
16+ 09-07-03 742 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 887 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 802 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 860 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 726 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 862 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 810 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 837 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 787 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 901 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1517 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1111 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 954 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 863 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 944 July
7+ 07-21-03 1200 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1331 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 737 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 889 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 908 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 873 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 866 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 828 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 945 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 915 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1037 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 877 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 852 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1081 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 765 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1003 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 783 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 823 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 771 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 769 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1306 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 903 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 879 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 864 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 853 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 757 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 679 June
10+ 06-05-03 1459 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1203 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 844 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
10+ 06-03-03 930 Haiku - WHISPERING PINES
7+ 06-03-03 797 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1086 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 974 Software
10+ 05-31-03 720 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 828 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1424 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 996 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 749 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 874 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 737 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1096 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1024 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 750 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 791 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 3428 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 908 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1013 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 793 Song of the Lonely Heart
10+ 05-19-03 1315 Spell of the China Sea
13+ 05-19-03 1053 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1142 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 921 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 918 Captains In the Army
10+ 05-17-03 796 Marriage-Go-Round
10+ 05-16-03 780 The Day of the Cavalry
13+ 05-15-03 1068 Fleeting Youth
Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1012 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 768 High Sea!
10+ 05-13-03 1156 Blessed Curse
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