hkauderer (187 Poems)

Herb Kauderer is an associate professor of English at Hilbert College and the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently 'Flying Solo: The Lana Invasion' from Poet's Haven Press. His poem "After" won the 2016 Asimov's Readers' Award. He has written in many other forms as well. Details can be found on his website HerbKauderer.com

hkauderer's personal linksSubscribe to hkauderer's RSS feed


every plane
or flock of birds
was cause
to study the sky.

Now we live
behind dark glasses
too busy
with the sunblock
to look up.

(136 Characters incl spaces)



Take the clock.
Take the wall it hangs on
& anything else you please.
You can have
ALL my time;
just leave the bed
& let me sleep
while you use it.

(149 Characters incl spaces)


Cold Spring Harbor

Saturday night was dark.
Morning brought the man no light.
A cold wind blew and the lakeshore called.
He drove to embrace it.

(130 Characters incl spaces)


Starting Over

I wonder,
is this pain
any different
from what we shut out

And how will we handle it

(135 Characters incl spaces)


Those Were the Days

Back in the ’90’s everyone around me
found their own numbness,
through overwork, or liquor, or distraction.
So it seemed we were only normal.

(142 Characters incl spaces)


What Wind?

Cement pier only five feet high. He
walked out and looking into deep, dark
troughs of whitecapped waves, and wondered what wind
turned the lake so rough.

(156 Characters incl spaces)


The Hating Pendulum

I miss the days when disagreeing
was cause for friendship &
sharing a beer.

I hope I last until the pendulum
swings back to love.

(131 Characters incl spaces)


Facing Spring

Lake Ontario surged dark
& rolling, capped white and
grey. The wind felt strong enough
to throw a man off the pier.
He turned his face from it.

(148 Characters incl spaces)