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Moses Hochstetler

(Age: 67)
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 1227 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1103 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2174 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1385 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 920 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2551 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2673 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1160 Sunny Side Up
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13+ 01-27-08 625 November Moon
10+ 02-28-04 876 The Broodersville Hens
13+ 02-28-04 1040 The Sage of Tara Hill
10+ 02-22-04 829 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 715 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 363 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 963 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1116 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 358 January
10+ 12-29-03 1040 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 394 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 750 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 431 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 863 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 752 Time
10+ 12-21-03 804 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 746 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 950 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 796 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 875 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 735 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 855 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 868 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 746 December
7+ 11-16-03 933 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 905 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 929 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 919 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 806 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 803 The Lovers' Chord
13+ 09-15-03 876 Shiloh
16+ 09-07-03 765 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 910 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 842 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 881 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 752 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 893 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 835 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 856 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 814 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 932 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1578 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1182 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 991 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 889 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 964 July
7+ 07-21-03 1226 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 10+ 07-20-03 776 The Royal Rose
Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1369 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 765 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 920 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 947 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 908 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 901 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 855 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 970 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 945 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1064 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 922 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 890 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1119 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 790 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1043 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 815 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 848 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 799 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 797 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1345 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 927 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 917 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 889 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 886 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 781 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 699 June
10+ 06-05-03 1487 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1234 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 865 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
10+ 06-03-03 979 Haiku - WHISPERING PINES
7+ 06-03-03 822 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1119 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 1003 Software
10+ 05-31-03 746 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 854 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1454 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1018 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 778 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 900 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 762 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1123 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1048 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 773 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 810 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 4857 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 941 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1036 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 819 Song of the Lonely Heart
10+ 05-19-03 1343 Spell of the China Sea
13+ 05-19-03 1087 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1177 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 945 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 943 Captains In the Army
10+ 05-17-03 823 Marriage-Go-Round
10+ 05-16-03 805 The Day of the Cavalry
13+ 05-15-03 1099 Fleeting Youth
Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1039 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 812 High Sea!
10+ 05-13-03 1189 Blessed Curse
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