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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 1168 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1015 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2101 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1345 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 893 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2484 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2565 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1132 Sunny Side Up
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13+ 01-27-08 583 November Moon
10+ 02-28-04 844 The Broodersville Hens
13+ 02-28-04 984 The Sage of Tara Hill
10+ 02-22-04 806 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 691 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 336 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 934 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1081 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 334 January
10+ 12-29-03 1010 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 364 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 728 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 397 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 830 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 727 Time
10+ 12-21-03 774 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 721 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 923 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 769 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 832 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 711 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 830 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 836 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 711 December
7+ 11-16-03 893 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 882 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 895 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 893 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 761 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 775 The Lovers' Chord
13+ 09-15-03 851 Shiloh
16+ 09-07-03 737 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 882 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 798 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 856 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 722 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 858 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 806 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 832 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 784 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 896 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1503 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1099 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 950 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 858 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 938 July
7+ 07-21-03 1196 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 10+ 07-20-03 746 The Royal Rose
Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1325 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 733 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 885 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 905 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 869 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 863 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 826 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 940 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 913 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1033 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 870 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 848 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1075 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 762 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 992 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 780 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 818 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 768 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 765 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1302 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 898 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 873 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 861 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 851 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 754 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 673 June
10+ 06-05-03 1455 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1200 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 841 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
10+ 06-03-03 923 Haiku - WHISPERING PINES
7+ 06-03-03 794 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1081 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 969 Software
10+ 05-31-03 715 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 824 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1420 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 992 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 746 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 871 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 734 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1092 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1020 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 745 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 788 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 3273 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 899 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1009 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 789 Song of the Lonely Heart
10+ 05-19-03 1312 Spell of the China Sea
13+ 05-19-03 1050 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1138 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 918 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 915 Captains In the Army
10+ 05-17-03 791 Marriage-Go-Round
10+ 05-16-03 776 The Day of the Cavalry
13+ 05-15-03 1065 Fleeting Youth
Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1009 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 763 High Sea!
10+ 05-13-03 1148 Blessed Curse
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