Featured Writer: Pete McKechnie

The Acorn


Don’t let me go, the acorn pleads

As it clings to its branch.


But I must.


Why? I will fall to the forest floor,

I will become fodder for all,

Or rot into the ground.


Yes… or…?

Or what?


Or you will sprout, and become,

And someday have this talk

With your own acorns.


But what if I do not sprout?

What if I just fall?


Then your fate

Would be the same as it would be

If I never let you go.


© Pete McKechnie

IMG_3444 About the Author

Many years ago, Pete McKechnie found an interest in short fiction while attending UMCP.  At that time, Poetry was not the venue of choice.  That changed in the mid ‘90’s, when poetry became his chosen form of expression.  He has always been most at home within the natural world, and it is the natural world which brings much of his inspiration for writing.  Many years of studying and teaching Shamanic meditation deepened his connection, and influences most of his writings.  Pete McKechnie currently lives in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, where silent walks through the forest and around his ponds bring both connection and inspiration.

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1 reply

  1. He inspires me every day of my life. I’m his mom, and could not have been more honored in my life than to give birth to him.


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