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Moses Hochstetler

(Age: 68)
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 1321 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1241 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2316 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1527 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 976 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2638 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2970 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1231 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-28-04 989 The Broodersville Hens
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10+ 02-22-04 889 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 790 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 418 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 1026 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1203 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 408 January
10+ 12-29-03 1117 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 469 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 810 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 492 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 945 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 811 Time
10+ 12-21-03 877 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 806 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 1018 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 877 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 966 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 783 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 910 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 931 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 817 December
7+ 11-16-03 1012 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 970 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 990 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 974 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 861 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 859 The Lovers' Chord
13+ 09-15-03 931 Shiloh
16+ 09-07-03 830 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 963 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 916 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 935 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 812 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 958 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 892 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 925 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 868 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 997 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1684 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1342 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 1101 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 937 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 1015 July
7+ 07-21-03 1282 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 10+ 07-20-03 829 The Royal Rose
Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1438 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 839 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 981 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 1021 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 992 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 987 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 921 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 1027 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 1004 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1145 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 1024 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 995 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1231 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 869 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1104 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 887 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 942 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 864 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 854 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1483 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 993 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 1039 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 952 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 950 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 849 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 758 June
10+ 06-05-03 1566 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1306 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 943 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
10+ 06-03-03 1079 Haiku - WHISPERING PINES
7+ 06-03-03 900 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1213 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 1060 Software
10+ 05-31-03 815 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 934 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1527 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1087 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 866 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 985 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 812 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1242 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1094 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 824 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 850 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 7357 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 1002 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1086 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 867 Song of the Lonely Heart
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13+ 05-19-03 1171 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1228 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 998 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 1011 Captains In the Army
10+ 05-17-03 869 Marriage-Go-Round
10+ 05-16-03 855 The Day of the Cavalry
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Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1116 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 903 High Sea!
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