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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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10+ 12-27-03 1361 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2432 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1683 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 1024 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2693 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 3112 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
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10+ 02-06-04 846 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 476 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 1077 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1258 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 460 January
10+ 12-29-03 1160 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 554 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 867 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 571 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 989 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 854 Time
10+ 12-21-03 942 How Time Flies
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13+ 12-18-03 1075 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 943 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 1033 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 828 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 967 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 986 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 876 December
7+ 11-16-03 1072 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 1017 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
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13+ 09-18-03 904 The Lovers' Chord
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13+ 09-06-03 1013 When the Geese Fly By
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10+ 08-26-03 857 Boondoggle Bash
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10+ 08-17-03 945 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 990 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 917 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 1049 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1746 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1423 Mulligan's Stew
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7+ 07-25-03 986 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 1066 July
7+ 07-21-03 1336 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1501 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 893 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 1031 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 1086 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 1043 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 1044 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 971 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
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10+ 07-06-03 1064 She Gave To Him Her Rose
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7+ 07-02-03 1126 Aunt Matildy's Soup
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10+ 06-29-03 1148 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 937 November Chill
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10+ 06-26-03 909 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 893 Irreverence
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7+ 06-17-03 1109 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
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7+ 06-04-03 1002 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
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7+ 06-03-03 950 The Spider and the Rat
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10+ 05-31-03 1110 Software
10+ 05-31-03 871 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 996 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1597 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1157 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 929 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 1042 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 869 Footprints In the Snow
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10+ 05-24-03 888 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 8759 Say No To Drugs
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7+ 05-17-03 1053 Captains In the Army
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