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Moses Hochstetler

(Age: 66)
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 1170 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1018 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2108 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1346 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 894 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2489 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2570 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1133 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-28-04 846 The Broodersville Hens
13+ 02-28-04 986 The Sage of Tara Hill
10+ 02-22-04 807 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 694 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 338 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 936 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1084 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 337 January
10+ 12-29-03 1011 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 366 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 729 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 401 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 833 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 730 Time
10+ 12-21-03 777 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 723 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 925 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 771 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 834 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 713 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 833 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 838 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 712 December
7+ 11-16-03 894 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 883 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
Yes 10+ 09-28-03 896 My Chandelier (To My Daughter)
13+ 09-21-03 896 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 764 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 777 The Lovers' Chord
13+ 09-15-03 852 Shiloh
16+ 09-07-03 740 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 885 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 800 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 859 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 725 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 861 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 809 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 835 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 787 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 900 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1508 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1104 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 953 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 861 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 940 July
7+ 07-21-03 1198 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1328 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 736 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 888 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 907 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 871 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 864 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 827 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 945 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 914 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1036 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 874 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 850 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1076 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 763 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 997 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 781 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 820 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 770 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 769 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1304 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 901 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 877 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 864 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 853 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 756 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 677 June
10+ 06-05-03 1456 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1203 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 843 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
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7+ 06-03-03 796 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1085 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 971 Software
10+ 05-31-03 719 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 827 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1423 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 996 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 749 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 872 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 736 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1094 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1023 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 749 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 791 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 3312 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 904 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1012 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 793 Song of the Lonely Heart
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13+ 05-19-03 1052 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
10+ 05-18-03 1139 Empathy
10+ 05-18-03 921 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 916 Captains In the Army
10+ 05-17-03 794 Marriage-Go-Round
10+ 05-16-03 780 The Day of the Cavalry
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Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1011 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 766 High Sea!
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