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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 1292 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1189 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2276 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1460 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 959 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2613 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2915 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1208 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-28-04 949 The Broodersville Hens
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10+ 02-22-04 868 Your Love Gift
10+ 02-06-04 758 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 400 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 1006 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1183 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 394 January
10+ 12-29-03 1096 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 449 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 791 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 475 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 906 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 796 Time
10+ 12-21-03 843 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 787 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 994 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 843 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 945 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 769 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 896 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 917 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 785 December
7+ 11-16-03 976 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 947 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
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13+ 09-21-03 960 O City of St. Petersburg
10+ 09-19-03 843 Love Comes Flying On a Wing
13+ 09-18-03 843 The Lovers' Chord
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16+ 09-07-03 815 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 950 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 881 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 922 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 795 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 935 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 877 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 909 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 852 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 980 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1663 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1308 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 1063 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 926 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 998 July
7+ 07-21-03 1268 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1414 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 803 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 969 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 989 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 958 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 950 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 902 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 1009 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 982 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1105 I Wrote a Poem Once
7+ 07-02-03 975 Aunt Matildy's Soup
7+ 07-01-03 953 Weep For the Child
10+ 07-01-03 1179 The Homeless Man
10+ 06-30-03 840 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1087 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 857 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 897 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 846 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 833 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1446 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 971 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 1018 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
10+ 06-13-03 928 Adam's Debacle
13+ 06-12-03 930 Sonnet: A Monument of Death
10+ 06-12-03 828 'Neath the Portals of Love
10+ 06-11-03 742 June
10+ 06-05-03 1529 Cherry Blossoms
7+ 06-05-03 1275 The Princess' Wedding Dress
7+ 06-04-03 919 Limerick - Mistreated Goose
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7+ 06-03-03 878 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1172 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 1043 Software
10+ 05-31-03 792 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 899 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1508 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1067 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 826 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 945 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 794 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1202 Beauty of Death
18+ 05-26-03 1084 Tomato Puree
18+ 05-26-03 809 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 841 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 6843 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 989 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
10+ 05-21-03 1074 Love Rekindled
13+ 05-21-03 855 Song of the Lonely Heart
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13+ 05-19-03 1136 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
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10+ 05-18-03 984 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 986 Captains In the Army
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10+ 05-16-03 845 The Day of the Cavalry
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Yes 10+ 05-14-03 1083 A Fruitful Yield
7+ 05-13-03 874 High Sea!
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