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Moses Hochstetler

(Age: 67)
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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10+ 12-27-03 1157 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2249 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1441 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 948 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2594 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2876 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1191 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-06-04 747 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 391 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 994 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1167 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 386 January
10+ 12-29-03 1083 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 432 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 779 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 462 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 892 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 779 Time
10+ 12-21-03 831 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 775 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 979 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 833 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 926 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 756 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 882 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 903 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 773 December
7+ 11-16-03 962 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 935 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
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13+ 09-18-03 831 The Lovers' Chord
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13+ 09-06-03 936 When the Geese Fly By
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10+ 08-26-03 784 Boondoggle Bash
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10+ 08-17-03 862 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 895 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 841 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 962 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1640 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1277 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 1044 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 915 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 987 July
7+ 07-21-03 1254 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1404 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 792 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 955 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 975 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 943 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 931 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 885 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
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10+ 07-06-03 970 She Gave To Him Her Rose
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10+ 06-29-03 1074 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 843 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 881 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 829 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 823 Irreverence
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7+ 06-17-03 990 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
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7+ 06-04-03 903 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
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7+ 06-03-03 862 The Spider and the Rat
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10+ 05-31-03 1031 Software
10+ 05-31-03 778 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 882 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1487 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1049 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 809 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 932 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 784 Footprints In the Snow
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10+ 05-24-03 834 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 6470 Say No To Drugs
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7+ 05-17-03 978 Captains In the Army
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7+ 05-13-03 858 High Sea!
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