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Moses Hochstetler

(Age: 68)
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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10+ 12-27-03 1201 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2285 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1473 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 965 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2619 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2925 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1212 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-28-04 955 The Broodersville Hens
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10+ 02-06-04 759 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 403 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 1012 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1187 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 397 January
10+ 12-29-03 1101 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 455 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 798 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 480 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 912 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 798 Time
10+ 12-21-03 846 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 792 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 1002 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 843 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 949 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 773 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 897 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 921 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 788 December
7+ 11-16-03 979 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 949 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
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13+ 09-21-03 963 O City of St. Petersburg
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13+ 09-18-03 847 The Lovers' Chord
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16+ 09-07-03 817 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 950 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 885 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 924 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 797 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 939 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 881 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 910 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 854 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 984 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1670 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1312 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 1067 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 929 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 1002 July
7+ 07-21-03 1269 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1420 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 809 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 971 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 991 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 961 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 955 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 904 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 1011 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 985 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1111 I Wrote a Poem Once
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10+ 06-30-03 847 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1089 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 860 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 904 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 852 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 839 Irreverence
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10+ 06-19-03 976 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 1024 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
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13+ 06-12-03 933 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
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7+ 06-04-03 928 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
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7+ 06-03-03 883 The Spider and the Rat
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10+ 05-31-03 1044 Software
10+ 05-31-03 797 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 904 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1510 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1070 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 833 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 950 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 798 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1209 Beauty of Death
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10+ 05-24-03 842 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 6900 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 989 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1075 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 856 Song of the Lonely Heart
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10+ 05-18-03 987 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 988 Captains In the Army
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10+ 05-16-03 845 The Day of the Cavalry
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7+ 05-13-03 880 High Sea!
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