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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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6 7+ 08-05-03 1337 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1274 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2349 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1562 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 984 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2651 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 3017 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1251 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-28-04 1007 The Broodersville Hens
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10+ 02-22-04 910 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 809 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 438 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 1037 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1215 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 419 January
10+ 12-29-03 1128 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 486 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 822 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 511 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 959 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 821 Time
10+ 12-21-03 897 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 818 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 1033 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 900 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 984 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 792 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 922 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 941 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 837 December
7+ 11-16-03 1031 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 982 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
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13+ 09-21-03 986 O City of St. Petersburg
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13+ 09-18-03 869 The Lovers' Chord
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16+ 09-07-03 845 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 976 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 939 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 948 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 823 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 975 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 906 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 942 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 882 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 1009 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1699 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1364 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 1125 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 950 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 1025 July
7+ 07-21-03 1292 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1454 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 856 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 991 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 1042 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 1009 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 1007 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 936 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 1044 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 1021 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1165 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 1052 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 1020 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1252 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 891 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1115 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 904 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 960 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 874 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 867 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1513 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 1008 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 1054 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 976 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 969 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 864 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 773 June
10+ 06-05-03 1584 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1328 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 962 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
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7+ 06-03-03 916 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1238 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 1070 Software
10+ 05-31-03 831 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 959 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1552 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1113 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 890 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 1004 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 825 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1270 Beauty of Death
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18+ 05-26-03 838 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 855 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 7609 Say No To Drugs
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13+ 05-21-03 880 Song of the Lonely Heart
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10+ 05-18-03 1013 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 1027 Captains In the Army
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10+ 05-16-03 866 The Day of the Cavalry
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7+ 05-13-03 923 High Sea!
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