Still air, grey branches

Await an icy armor

Yet buds push up green

As skies darken

An irruption of robins

Sounds of beating wings

Icy drops trickle

Wind-swept leaves skitter away

Winter’s grip strengthens

Dark thoughts stalk the night

Dry leaves rustle in the lane

Comfort waits for sunrise

Spring-like days and nights

Mock winter’s authority

But no flowers bloom

Linda Pickering is a retired lawyer, now a Mercer County Master Gardener. She’s waiting out winter and the pandemic in Pennington.

Call for Fiction: U.S. 1 continues to welcome submissions of previously unpublished short stories, plays, and poetry by Princeton-area writers to appear in print as space permits. Submissions from children are discouraged.

E-mail your work along with a brief biography to, or mail it to U.S. 1 Fiction, 15 Princess Road, Suite K, Lawrenceville 08648.