Introducing Ashley Petunia: a Poetic Story for Children

Updated on December 7, 2017
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John has many years writing experience including a Writing School course "Writing for Profit." He has written text for children's books etc.

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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.

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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.

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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

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      John Hansen 2 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Chitrangada, it is always a pleasure to read your comments. I am glad you enjoyed this Ashley Petunia adventure.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Lovely poem and beautiful expressions! Ashley Petunia sounds fun, wonderful and interesting for kids and adults alike.

      Thanks for sharing this delightful poem!

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      John Hansen 4 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Shyron, Thank you so much. Blessings.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 days ago from Texas

      John, I love your Ashley Petunia

      who grows flowers

      to while away the hour

      Loving her petunias, but not in ivory towers

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      Blessings John

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      John Hansen 5 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad you found Ashley Petunia Dream On and enjoyed reading about her. Yes, she is a fun girl :) Part two of her adventures "In Search of Santa Claus.." is already published here as well if you are interested.

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      DREAM ON 5 days ago

      I go to the store. I go to the school. I am looking for a girl named Ashley Petunia. Has anyone seen her ? Here she is. I laughed and smiled so much my side ached. What an enjoyable read. Just the story to brighten my day. The green light from me. Go, go, go. Way to go. Thank you for sharing. Wishing you great success.

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      John Hansen 6 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Rasma' thank you very much for reading and enjoying Ashley Petunia.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 days ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most delightful, really enjoyed this.

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      John Hansen 6 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Alicia. I hoped she was.

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      Linda Crampton 6 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an amusing poem, John. Ashley Petunia is an interesting character!

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      John Hansen 6 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, you have Mike, and thanks. A lot have told me similar things but I am a procrastinator I am afraid.

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      John Hansen 6 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Flourish. Yes, there are some eccentric people out there...and we need them.

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      John Hansen 6 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks, Eric, and you are so right. The weirder the more fun. Please read it to your son, and the second part is already written just waiting for HP to approve it.

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      John Hansen 6 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Devika, glad you enjoyed it.

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      John Hansen 6 days ago from Queensland Australia

      haha Bill, well I am sure Bev is a lot of fun too. Lucky you married her. Thanks Pal.

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      John Hansen 6 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Tim, glad it gave you a smile. Yes, I should.

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      Jo Miller 7 days ago from Tennessee

      As others have said, this would make a wonderful children's book. Loved the whimsy.

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      mckbirdbks 7 days ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello John - I am pretty sure I have said this before about your writing, but here again, this would make a cute children's book. It is happy, and clever, imaginative and warm. That is all the elements required.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 days ago from USA

      This was cute, whimsical. I think I knew an artist once who could’ve been this gal’s sister.

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      Eric Dierker 7 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool indeed. We will read it tonight it is so fun. I loved the rhythm.

      But being a teaching parent we will delve into the area of the acceptance and beauty of everyone. The weirder they are the more fun they are.

      Thank you much John

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      Devika Primić 7 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A wonderful story for kids and a must to read!

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      Bill Holland 7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Now that's a girl I would like to date. LOL She actually sounds a lot like Bev. :) Fun read, John!

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      Tim Mitchell 7 days ago from Escondido, CA

      :-))) Thanks for the big smile! You should find someone to illustrate this for a children's book.

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      John Hansen 7 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Manatita. I have done quite a bit of "kids stuff' lol. thanks again.

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      John Hansen 7 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading, and the kind comment, Hari.

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      John Hansen 7 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Louise. I hope so.

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      manatita44 7 days ago from london

      Simply charming; childlike. I think you did some kids stuff before, no? Nice one.

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      John Hansen 7 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you PS. I really hope kids love this story and Ashley Petunia. Thanks for the angels.

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      John Hansen 7 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Ann. Yes, please test it out on your grandchildren. I'd love the feedback. I have published a second one for Christmas but it hasn't been approved yet.

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      Hari Prasad S 7 days ago from Bangalore

      Very enjoyable like nursery rhyme Jodah,

      Had a great fun.

      - Hari

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      Louise Powles 7 days ago from Norfolk, England

      Ashley sounds like a fun young girl. I'm sure there are many children like her and can relate to this poem.

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      Patricia Scott 7 days ago from sunny Florida

      Love love love this....kids will love this. I will share it with my teacher friends so maybe they can share it with their children at school. A fun read from beginning to end. And a great way to begin a discussion as you end it.

      Angels are on the way this morning ps

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      Ann Carr 7 days ago from SW England

      What a great poem and a wonderful idea! I can see my grandchildren falling about with this one - I'll read it to them and see! Just the thing for any child from 3 to 103.

      Ann

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      John Hansen 7 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Venkat. I much appreciate you reading this and your input. Cheers.

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      Venkatachari M 7 days ago from Hyderabad, India

      It's very funny and entertaining. Children would like to read such funny stories. Enjoyed a lot. And, expect to read some of those stories when available.