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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 1216 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1085 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2163 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1377 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 914 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2535 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2665 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1155 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-28-04 872 The Broodersville Hens
13+ 02-28-04 1032 The Sage of Tara Hill
10+ 02-22-04 824 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 711 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 357 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 959 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1112 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 354 January
10+ 12-29-03 1034 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 387 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 747 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 427 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 858 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 748 Time
10+ 12-21-03 802 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 740 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 945 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 791 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 868 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 729 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 851 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 862 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 742 December
7+ 11-16-03 929 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 902 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 923 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 915 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 801 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 799 The Lovers' Chord
13+ 09-15-03 871 Shiloh
16+ 09-07-03 762 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 905 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 838 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 877 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 748 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 885 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 830 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 852 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 809 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 926 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1570 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1171 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 984 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 884 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 960 July
7+ 07-21-03 1222 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 10+ 07-20-03 772 The Royal Rose
Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1364 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 757 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 914 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 941 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 903 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 894 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 849 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 964 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 940 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1060 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 912 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 881 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1114 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 785 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1038 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 809 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 844 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 793 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 791 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1338 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 922 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 908 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 883 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 881 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 775 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 694 June
10+ 06-05-03 1481 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1231 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 860 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
10+ 06-03-03 969 Haiku - WHISPERING PINES
7+ 06-03-03 816 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1109 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 997 Software
10+ 05-31-03 741 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 848 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1449 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1012 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 774 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 894 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 757 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1118 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1043 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 768 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 807 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 4731 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 935 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1033 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 814 Song of the Lonely Heart
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13+ 05-19-03 1081 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1171 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 940 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 939 Captains In the Army
10+ 05-17-03 819 Marriage-Go-Round
10+ 05-16-03 801 The Day of the Cavalry
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Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1035 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 796 High Sea!
10+ 05-13-03 1181 Blessed Curse
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