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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 1335 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1265 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2340 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1551 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 983 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2647 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 3006 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1242 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-28-04 1001 The Broodersville Hens
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10+ 02-22-04 904 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 805 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 431 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 1034 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1214 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 416 January
10+ 12-29-03 1126 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 479 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 820 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 508 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 957 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 819 Time
10+ 12-21-03 893 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 815 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 1029 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 894 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 980 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 790 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 919 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 940 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 834 December
7+ 11-16-03 1028 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 980 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 998 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 983 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 873 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 867 The Lovers' Chord
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16+ 09-07-03 842 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 974 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 934 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 944 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 823 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 970 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 901 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 937 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 877 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 1004 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1693 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1360 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 1123 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 947 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 1023 July
7+ 07-21-03 1289 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1448 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 851 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 989 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 1035 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 1006 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 1002 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 935 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 1041 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 1018 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1162 I Wrote a Poem Once
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7+ 07-01-03 1015 Weep For the Child
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10+ 06-30-03 886 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1113 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 902 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 955 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 873 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 866 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1507 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 1006 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 1051 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 971 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 965 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 864 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 772 June
10+ 06-05-03 1582 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1321 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 956 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
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7+ 06-03-03 914 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1233 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 1069 Software
10+ 05-31-03 826 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 956 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1548 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1110 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 884 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 999 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 822 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1266 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1098 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 834 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 853 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 7524 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 1014 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1095 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 875 Song of the Lonely Heart
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13+ 05-19-03 1188 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
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10+ 05-18-03 1010 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 1024 Captains In the Army
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10+ 05-16-03 863 The Day of the Cavalry
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Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1128 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 917 High Sea!
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