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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 1182 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1029 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2119 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1352 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 897 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2499 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2597 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1138 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-28-04 851 The Broodersville Hens
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10+ 02-22-04 810 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 694 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 340 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 938 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1091 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 341 January
10+ 12-29-03 1015 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 369 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 731 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 405 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 837 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 733 Time
10+ 12-21-03 781 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 726 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 928 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 774 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 846 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 715 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 837 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 842 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 715 December
7+ 11-16-03 897 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 887 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 902 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+ 09-18-03 780 The Lovers' Chord
13+ 09-15-03 855 Shiloh
16+ 09-07-03 743 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 889 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 804 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 861 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 729 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 865 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 813 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 840 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 789 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 906 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1523 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1122 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 959 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 866 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 945 July
7+ 07-21-03 1203 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1338 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 741 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 892 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 912 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 876 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 871 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 830 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 949 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 918 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1040 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 882 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 858 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1085 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 769 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1008 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 784 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 824 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 775 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 771 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1311 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 906 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 883 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 866 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 857 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 759 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 680 June
10+ 06-05-03 1460 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1204 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 845 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
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7+ 06-03-03 799 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1091 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 975 Software
10+ 05-31-03 722 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 831 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1428 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 997 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 753 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 876 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 739 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1097 Beauty of Death
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18+ 05-26-03 753 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 793 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 3662 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 911 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
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13+ 05-21-03 795 Song of the Lonely Heart
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13+ 05-19-03 1056 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1144 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 924 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 920 Captains In the Army
10+ 05-17-03 797 Marriage-Go-Round
10+ 05-16-03 783 The Day of the Cavalry
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Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1014 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 771 High Sea!
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