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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 1289 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1177 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2265 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1451 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 956 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2607 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2903 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1200 Sunny Side Up
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13+ 01-27-08 679 November Moon
10+ 02-28-04 945 The Broodersville Hens
13+ 02-28-04 1108 The Sage of Tara Hill
10+ 02-22-04 862 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 753 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 396 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 1002 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1173 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 390 January
10+ 12-29-03 1092 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 441 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 787 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 472 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 902 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 787 Time
10+ 12-21-03 837 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 781 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 991 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 839 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 940 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 763 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 890 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 910 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 781 December
7+ 11-16-03 971 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 944 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 968 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 956 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 840 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 838 The Lovers' Chord
13+ 09-15-03 908 Shiloh
16+ 09-07-03 807 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 943 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 876 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 915 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 791 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 931 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 872 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 904 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 847 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 971 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1654 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1295 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 1055 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 922 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 993 July
7+ 07-21-03 1262 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 10+ 07-20-03 812 The Royal Rose
Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1410 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 799 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 963 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 982 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 951 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 940 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 893 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 1004 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 975 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1098 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 964 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 946 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1169 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 833 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1083 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 850 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 891 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 839 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 829 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1436 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 965 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 1003 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 921 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 923 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 820 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 735 June
10+ 06-05-03 1521 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1268 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 911 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
10+ 06-03-03 1035 Haiku - WHISPERING PINES
7+ 06-03-03 868 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1163 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 1037 Software
10+ 05-31-03 784 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 891 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1497 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1055 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 817 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 937 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 789 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1189 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1081 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 804 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 838 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 6762 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 985 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1068 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 849 Song of the Lonely Heart
10+ 05-19-03 1384 Spell of the China Sea
13+ 05-19-03 1133 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1210 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 974 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 983 Captains In the Army
10+ 05-17-03 853 Marriage-Go-Round
10+ 05-16-03 840 The Day of the Cavalry
13+ 05-15-03 1159 Fleeting Youth
Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1077 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 869 High Sea!
10+ 05-13-03 1237 Blessed Curse
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