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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 1191 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1040 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2137 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1358 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 902 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2507 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2616 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1142 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-28-04 855 The Broodersville Hens
13+ 02-28-04 1011 The Sage of Tara Hill
10+ 02-22-04 813 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 700 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 344 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 943 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1098 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 344 January
10+ 12-29-03 1022 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 372 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 735 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 410 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 843 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 737 Time
10+ 12-21-03 785 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 728 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 931 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 778 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 853 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 719 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 840 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 847 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 724 December
7+ 11-16-03 905 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 890 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 909 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 902 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 776 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 786 The Lovers' Chord
13+ 09-15-03 860 Shiloh
16+ 09-07-03 747 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 893 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 809 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 864 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 737 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 872 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 817 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 842 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 795 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 910 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1532 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1130 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 967 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 871 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 950 July
7+ 07-21-03 1210 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 10+ 07-20-03 758 The Royal Rose
Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1346 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 745 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 899 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 916 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 882 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 878 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 836 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 953 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 924 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1045 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 892 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 865 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1091 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 773 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1019 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 793 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 828 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 779 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 776 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1319 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 910 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 889 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 871 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 865 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 762 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 683 June
10+ 06-05-03 1467 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1209 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 848 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
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7+ 06-03-03 803 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1095 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 982 Software
10+ 05-31-03 729 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 834 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1434 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1002 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 756 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 881 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 744 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1106 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1032 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 757 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 796 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 4033 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 916 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1019 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 799 Song of the Lonely Heart
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13+ 05-19-03 1059 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1151 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 928 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 925 Captains In the Army
10+ 05-17-03 804 Marriage-Go-Round
10+ 05-16-03 786 The Day of the Cavalry
13+ 05-15-03 1079 Fleeting Youth
Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1019 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 777 High Sea!
10+ 05-13-03 1163 Blessed Curse
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