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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 1279 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1166 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2254 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1443 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 952 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2600 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2891 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1196 Sunny Side Up
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13+ 01-27-08 673 November Moon
10+ 02-28-04 939 The Broodersville Hens
13+ 02-28-04 1103 The Sage of Tara Hill
10+ 02-22-04 857 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 749 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 392 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 996 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1170 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 388 January
10+ 12-29-03 1088 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 439 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 782 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 466 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 897 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 783 Time
10+ 12-21-03 833 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 777 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 984 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 834 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 933 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 759 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 884 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 906 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 777 December
7+ 11-16-03 966 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 939 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 960 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 951 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 834 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 834 The Lovers' Chord
13+ 09-15-03 905 Shiloh
16+ 09-07-03 804 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 940 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 872 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 910 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 787 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 925 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 867 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 899 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 842 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 965 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1649 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1282 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 1048 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 918 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 989 July
7+ 07-21-03 1256 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 10+ 07-20-03 808 The Royal Rose
Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1408 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 795 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 958 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 978 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 946 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 935 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 889 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 1001 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 972 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1094 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 960 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 939 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1163 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 824 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1077 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 844 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 885 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 833 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 825 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1430 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 962 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 997 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 916 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 920 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 816 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 730 June
10+ 06-05-03 1518 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1265 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 906 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
10+ 06-03-03 1030 Haiku - WHISPERING PINES
7+ 06-03-03 864 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1161 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 1034 Software
10+ 05-31-03 780 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 887 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1491 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1050 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 813 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 935 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 786 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1178 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1079 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 802 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 835 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 6589 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 978 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1065 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 847 Song of the Lonely Heart
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13+ 05-19-03 1129 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1206 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 971 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 980 Captains In the Army
10+ 05-17-03 849 Marriage-Go-Round
10+ 05-16-03 835 The Day of the Cavalry
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7+ 05-13-03 861 High Sea!
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