Introducing Ashley Petunia: a Poetic Story for Children
The Adventures of Ashley Petunia
Ashley Petunia was a funny girl
Who did unexpected things.
She grew petunias in her hair
And on her toes were rings.
Ashley made cookies with her cat,
But mixed them on the ground.
Then cooked them on an open fire
And spread flavour all around.
Her friends thought her peculiar.
She wore odd coloured socks,
So if she ever lost one
It mattered not a lot.
She tipped a bucket on her head
To water all her plants,
And carried seeds and cuttings
In a pocket in her pants.
One night she buried in the forest
A workman’s steel toed boot.
She wanted to grow an iron bark tree,
A watching owl didn’t give a hoot.
Ashley’s petunias grew so well
They hung down from her head,
And she slept inside a bathtub
Because she didn’t like her bed.
One day she built a rocket
To take her up to Mars.
It hit a tree and fell to Earth,
With Ashley seeing stars.
Ashley played the trombone
Because it sounded loud.
Everybody held their ears,
And the noise dispersed a crowd.
When her petunias start to flower
Ashley sprinkles them with cheese.
This makes cute mice come running,
But doesn’t attract bees.
Ashley Petunia’s very smart,
Although people call her weird.
She does whatever makes her smile,
Like wearing a fake beard.
Ashley never wears a hat,
But sometimes wears a bowl,
Then falls down head first on the ground
And leaves a big deep hole.
Ashley Petunia’s special,
She’s like nobody else.
Her life is fun and exciting,
She does things to please herself.
© 2017 John Hansen