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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 1204 Karen and the Unicorn
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10+ 12-27-03 1065 Pre-Video & Post Video
13+ 12-12-03 2148 Jacob's Pillar Stone
10+ 12-08-03 1367 Poetry Contests
10+ 11-23-03 908 Foundations of Praise and Confidence
10+ 07-20-03 2515 Taking Time To Smell the Roses
10+ 06-01-03 2650 How To Rate and Judge Poetry
13+ 05-23-03 1148 Sunny Side Up
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10+ 02-28-04 861 The Broodersville Hens
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10+ 02-06-04 704 O For a Moment
Yes 13+ 01-12-04 350 Lady Tiger
7+ 01-11-04 952 The Measly Little Mouse
10+ 01-02-04 1105 Haunted House On Sycamore Street
10+ 12-31-03 349 January
10+ 12-29-03 1026 Neanderthal
13+ 12-28-03 379 Burning Embers
10+ 12-28-03 740 My Gypsy Queen
13+ 12-27-03 419 Low Tide (a moment of despair)
13+ 12-27-03 852 "Can Do!"
10+ 12-21-03 741 Time
10+ 12-21-03 796 How Time Flies
10+ 12-20-03 733 Untitled
13+ 12-18-03 938 Dawn of the New Millennium
10+ 12-15-03 782 The Sea, the Sand, and the Surf
10+ 12-13-03 858 No Hearth and Home
13+ 12-11-03 724 Healing of the Heart
10+ 12-10-03 844 Human Bondage
7+ 12-05-03 853 Winter Dawn
10+ 12-05-03 736 December
7+ 11-16-03 921 Thanksgiving Day Is Here Again
10+ 09-30-03 895 The Man Who Said "I Can't"
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13+ 09-21-03 907 O City of St. Petersburg
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13+ 09-18-03 790 The Lovers' Chord
13+ 09-15-03 866 Shiloh
16+ 09-07-03 754 Mumbo Jumbo
13+ 09-06-03 897 When the Geese Fly By
18+ 08-31-03 829 Bad Billy
10+ 08-31-03 869 No Rose
10+ 08-26-03 743 Boondoggle Bash
Yes 10+ 08-23-03 876 As a Lighthouse Stands
10+ 08-17-03 822 Huskin' Corn
13+ 08-15-03 845 Pure White Peonies (series of Haiku)
Yes 13+ 08-09-03 801 The Poet's Quill
Yes 10+ 08-07-03 918 Frivolity
Yes 13+ 08-06-03 1551 The Taste of Bitter Almonds
10+ 08-02-03 1149 Mulligan's Stew
Yes 10+ 07-28-03 977 You and Me
7+ 07-25-03 878 A Friend
10+ 07-25-03 954 July
7+ 07-21-03 1215 A Good Many Creatures
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Yes 7+ 07-18-03 1355 The Harvest Unicorn
13+ 07-14-03 751 Shattered Dreams
7+ 07-12-03 907 Magnetic Poem #2
18+ 07-12-03 921 Dear Friend: to all my dear friends on PnP
Yes 13+ 07-11-03 892 Alabaster Wine
10+ 07-10-03 886 For Want of Cursed Things
10+ 07-08-03 842 1st Place, Illiad Press, July 6, 1993
10+ 07-07-03 957 Rural Charm
10+ 07-06-03 928 She Gave To Him Her Rose
7+ 07-02-03 1050 I Wrote a Poem Once
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7+ 07-01-03 872 Weep For the Child
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10+ 06-30-03 779 Peace In Bozrah
10+ 06-29-03 1026 (Epic) The Luciferic Cherub
13+ 06-28-03 800 November Chill
10+ 06-27-03 836 Sonnet of Peace
10+ 06-26-03 786 As a Dream Dies
7+ 06-26-03 782 Irreverence
10+ 06-20-03 1326 Song Lyrics: Under the Juniper Tree
10+ 06-19-03 915 Against the Stream
7+ 06-17-03 900 Lyric: The Angels In Heaven
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10+ 06-05-03 1473 Cherry Blossoms
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7+ 06-03-03 812 The Spider and the Rat
Yes 7+ 06-01-03 1103 The Captain of Our Ship
10+ 05-31-03 986 Software
10+ 05-31-03 733 Spirit
7+ 05-30-03 839 The Sailboat Cindy Lou
7+ 05-30-03 1442 Jack B. Quick (a children's poem)
10+ 05-29-03 1005 Ode To An Ancient Spiel
18+ 05-28-03 765 The Dagger's Edge
7+ 05-28-03 888 Nudity
18+ 05-27-03 750 Footprints In the Snow
13+ 05-27-03 1110 Beauty of Death
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18+ 05-26-03 762 Love Lost
10+ 05-24-03 801 I'll Do It
4+ 05-23-03 4363 Say No To Drugs
7+ 05-22-03 924 Who Would Give Drugs To a Child?
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13+ 05-19-03 1075 Come Dance With Me, Amanda Wells
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10+ 05-18-03 933 Seven Limericks
7+ 05-17-03 932 Captains In the Army
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10+ 05-16-03 792 The Day of the Cavalry
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7+ 05-13-03 788 High Sea!
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