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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 1203 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1058 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2146 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1365 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 907 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2514 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2636 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1145 Sunny Side Up
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13+ 01-27-08 607 November Moon
10+ 02-28-04 860 The Broodersville Hens
13+ 02-28-04 1020 The Sage of Tara Hill
10+ 02-22-04 817 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 703 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 349 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 945 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1102 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 347 January
10+ 12-29-03 1024 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 377 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 739 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 415 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 849 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 740 Time
10+ 12-21-03 793 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 731 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 935 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 782 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 856 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 722 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 843 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 849 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 735 December
7+ 11-16-03 920 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 893 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 912 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 905 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 792 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 790 The Lovers' Chord
13+ 09-15-03 864 Shiloh
16+ 09-07-03 753 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 896 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 826 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 869 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 741 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 875 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 821 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 844 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 800 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 916 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1545 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1140 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 971 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 875 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 953 July
7+ 07-21-03 1214 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1351 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 749 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 905 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 919 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 891 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 885 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 840 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 956 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 927 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1048 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 902 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 870 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1099 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 777 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1024 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 797 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 834 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 782 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 781 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1324 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 914 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 898 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 874 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 872 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 765 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 687 June
10+ 06-05-03 1471 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1221 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 850 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
10+ 06-03-03 957 Haiku - WHISPERING PINES
7+ 06-03-03 811 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1101 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 984 Software
10+ 05-31-03 732 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 838 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1439 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1004 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 763 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 887 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 748 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1109 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1036 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 761 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 799 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 4296 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 921 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1022 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 803 Song of the Lonely Heart
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13+ 05-19-03 1070 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1160 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 932 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 929 Captains In the Army
10+ 05-17-03 807 Marriage-Go-Round
10+ 05-16-03 791 The Day of the Cavalry
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Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1024 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 788 High Sea!
10+ 05-13-03 1168 Blessed Curse
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