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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 1209 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1075 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2155 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1372 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 912 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2527 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2660 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1152 Sunny Side Up
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13+ 01-27-08 616 November Moon
10+ 02-28-04 868 The Broodersville Hens
13+ 02-28-04 1029 The Sage of Tara Hill
10+ 02-22-04 822 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 708 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 354 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 956 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1109 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 352 January
10+ 12-29-03 1029 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 382 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 744 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 424 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 855 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 744 Time
10+ 12-21-03 799 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 737 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 941 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 787 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 863 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 728 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 849 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 859 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 739 December
7+ 11-16-03 926 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 897 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 921 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 911 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 798 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 796 The Lovers' Chord
13+ 09-15-03 869 Shiloh
16+ 09-07-03 759 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 901 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 833 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 874 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 745 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 883 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 826 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 850 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 805 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 923 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1559 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1162 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 981 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 881 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 957 July
7+ 07-21-03 1219 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 10+ 07-20-03 766 The Royal Rose
Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1359 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 754 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 912 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 925 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 896 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 889 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 845 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 960 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 932 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1056 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 909 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 877 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1108 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 782 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1030 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 804 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 841 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 790 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 788 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1331 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 918 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 904 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 880 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 879 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 769 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 691 June
10+ 06-05-03 1478 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1227 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 856 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
10+ 06-03-03 966 Haiku - WHISPERING PINES
7+ 06-03-03 813 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1107 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 993 Software
10+ 05-31-03 737 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 845 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1445 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1008 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 769 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 891 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 753 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1114 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1040 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 765 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 804 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 4462 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 928 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1027 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 808 Song of the Lonely Heart
10+ 05-19-03 1332 Spell of the China Sea
13+ 05-19-03 1079 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1168 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 936 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 935 Captains In the Army
10+ 05-17-03 814 Marriage-Go-Round
10+ 05-16-03 797 The Day of the Cavalry
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Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1030 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 794 High Sea!
10+ 05-13-03 1177 Blessed Curse
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