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Moses Hochstetler

(Age: 69)
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 1394 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1386 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2448 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1724 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 1036 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2704 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 3143 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1319 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-28-04 1056 The Broodersville Hens
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10+ 02-22-04 963 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 856 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 493 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 1087 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1270 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 476 January
10+ 12-29-03 1175 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 572 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 877 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 588 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 999 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 867 Time
10+ 12-21-03 957 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 865 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 1091 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 953 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 1051 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 843 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 983 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 1001 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 889 December
7+ 11-16-03 1085 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 1031 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
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13+ 09-21-03 1028 O City of St. Petersburg
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13+ 09-18-03 917 The Lovers' Chord
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16+ 09-07-03 892 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 1024 When the Geese Fly By
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10+ 08-31-03 991 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 868 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 1024 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 957 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 1004 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 933 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 1062 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1759 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1439 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 1187 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 1000 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 1081 July
7+ 07-21-03 1347 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1513 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 911 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 1051 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 1105 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 1059 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 1055 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 980 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 1097 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 1081 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1230 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 1137 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 1082 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1310 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 952 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1161 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 945 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 1008 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 920 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 910 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1577 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 1047 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 1127 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 1033 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 1036 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
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10+ 06-05-03 1629 Cherry Blossoms
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7+ 06-04-03 1020 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
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7+ 06-03-03 962 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1281 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 1129 Software
10+ 05-31-03 888 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 1014 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1616 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1172 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 947 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 1060 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 889 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1350 Beauty of Death
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10+ 05-24-03 897 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 8927 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 1066 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1145 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 923 Song of the Lonely Heart
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13+ 05-19-03 1224 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1271 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 1058 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 1064 Captains In the Army
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10+ 05-16-03 904 The Day of the Cavalry
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7+ 05-13-03 999 High Sea!
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