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Moses Hochstetler

(Age: 65)
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 1162 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1011 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2090 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1342 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 890 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2473 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2554 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1129 Sunny Side Up
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13+ 01-27-08 578 November Moon
10+ 02-28-04 844 The Broodersville Hens
13+ 02-28-04 976 The Sage of Tara Hill
10+ 02-22-04 804 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 690 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 335 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 931 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1077 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 334 January
10+ 12-29-03 1008 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 361 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 726 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 392 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 829 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 724 Time
10+ 12-21-03 772 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 718 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 920 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 768 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 830 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 709 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 827 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 831 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 710 December
7+ 11-16-03 892 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 880 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 893 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 890 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 759 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 775 The Lovers' Chord
13+ 09-15-03 848 Shiloh
16+ 09-07-03 737 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 880 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 795 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 855 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 721 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 856 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 804 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 830 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 782 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 895 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1499 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1088 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 950 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 857 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 936 July
7+ 07-21-03 1196 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1322 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 730 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 885 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 903 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 867 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 861 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 823 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 938 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 910 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1029 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 867 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 845 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1073 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 760 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 986 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 778 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 817 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 765 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 762 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1300 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 896 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 872 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 859 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 848 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 751 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 672 June
10+ 06-05-03 1453 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1198 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 839 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
10+ 06-03-03 915 Haiku - WHISPERING PINES
7+ 06-03-03 793 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1075 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 965 Software
10+ 05-31-03 713 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 819 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1417 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 977 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 743 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 868 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 729 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1087 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1018 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 744 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 785 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 3202 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 894 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1005 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 787 Song of the Lonely Heart
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13+ 05-19-03 1047 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1136 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 917 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 912 Captains In the Army
10+ 05-17-03 790 Marriage-Go-Round
10+ 05-16-03 775 The Day of the Cavalry
13+ 05-15-03 1064 Fleeting Youth
Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1005 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 759 High Sea!
10+ 05-13-03 1145 Blessed Curse
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