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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 1184 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1031 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2125 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1353 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 898 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2500 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2603 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1139 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-28-04 852 The Broodersville Hens
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10+ 02-06-04 698 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 341 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 939 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1092 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 341 January
10+ 12-29-03 1018 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 370 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 733 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 407 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 837 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 735 Time
10+ 12-21-03 781 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 726 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 929 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 775 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 850 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 716 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 838 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 842 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 716 December
7+ 11-16-03 901 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 887 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 904 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 899 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 768 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 781 The Lovers' Chord
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16+ 09-07-03 744 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 889 When the Geese Fly By
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10+ 08-31-03 862 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 731 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 866 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 814 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 841 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 790 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 908 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1524 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1124 Mulligan's Stew
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7+ 07-25-03 868 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 947 July
7+ 07-21-03 1206 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1342 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 743 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 894 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 912 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 879 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 873 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 831 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 950 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 920 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1042 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 884 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 861 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1086 The Homeless Man
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10+ 06-29-03 1011 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 788 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 825 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 775 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 773 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1313 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 908 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 885 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
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7+ 06-03-03 800 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1091 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 978 Software
10+ 05-31-03 722 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 832 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1429 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 998 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 754 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 878 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 740 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1101 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1030 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 754 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 795 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 3808 Say No To Drugs
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13+ 05-19-03 1057 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1146 Empathy
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7+ 05-17-03 922 Captains In the Army
10+ 05-17-03 800 Marriage-Go-Round
10+ 05-16-03 783 The Day of the Cavalry
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7+ 05-13-03 773 High Sea!
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