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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 1254 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1136 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2224 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1417 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 936 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2582 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2819 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1178 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-28-04 902 The Broodersville Hens
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10+ 02-22-04 845 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 734 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 379 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 982 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1149 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 376 January
10+ 12-29-03 1062 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 415 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 764 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 451 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 878 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 767 Time
10+ 12-21-03 820 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 761 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 962 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 812 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 901 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 747 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 870 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 885 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 762 December
7+ 11-16-03 950 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 922 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 947 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 937 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 820 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 820 The Lovers' Chord
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16+ 09-07-03 781 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 925 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 857 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 896 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 769 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 908 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 853 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 877 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 828 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 951 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1607 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1242 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 1012 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 905 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 979 July
7+ 07-21-03 1241 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1388 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 778 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 935 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 963 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 926 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 914 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 871 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 987 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 960 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1081 I Wrote a Poem Once
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7+ 07-01-03 913 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1147 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 806 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1062 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 831 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 862 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 816 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 811 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1383 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 943 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 961 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
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13+ 06-12-03 903 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
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7+ 06-05-03 1254 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 890 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
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7+ 06-03-03 844 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1143 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 1018 Software
10+ 05-31-03 765 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 870 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1475 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1038 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 793 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 916 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 776 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1151 Beauty of Death
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18+ 05-26-03 793 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 828 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 6158 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 963 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1055 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 837 Song of the Lonely Heart
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10+ 05-18-03 1188 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 962 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 959 Captains In the Army
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10+ 05-16-03 824 The Day of the Cavalry
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Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1063 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 838 High Sea!
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