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Introducing Ashley Petunia: a Poetic Story for Children

John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically he just loves to write.

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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.

Petunias

Petunias


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

Comments

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 10, 2018:

I'll look for it, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 09, 2018:

Hey Shauna, glad you found Ashley Petunia. She is certainly the life of any party. There is a sequel to this “Ashley Petunia: In Search of Santa Clause” but HP doesn’t like us linking hubs anymore.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 09, 2018:

I love Ashley Petunia! She would certainly make an awesome friend. Never a dull moment with this girl!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 28, 2018:

It was hard to get him to do it online. "Daddy's computer just has work apps in it." Boring!! So it was a double blessing for Gabriel and dad to grow together.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 27, 2018:

Aw, that was great, Eric. His name's Gabriel isn't it? Anyway I may be wrong. But that comment means more to me than any other and is greatly appreciated. I hope he does get to meet her one day.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 27, 2018:

thank you John the story was very fun.

John the above was fully written by a 7 year old who wants to meet Petunia.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 25, 2018:

Hi Frank, good to see you back too. I haven't been very active here lately but hope I can rectify that soon. I appreciate the comment. Cheers.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 25, 2018:

wow this was incredibly fun.. love the lines.. love the story written poetically.. missed ur work bro

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 21, 2018:

Thank you Missy. I am glad you think kids would enjoy this. I appreciate you reading.

Missy Smith from Florida on January 21, 2018:

So imaginative! Kids would love this for sure! :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 15, 2018:

Thank you Nithya. Glad you liked Ashley.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 15, 2018:

Ashley Petunia is unique and great fun, enjoyed reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 27, 2017:

Thank Genna. She is a character. Glad you enjoyed this.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on December 23, 2017:

I love how you have continued the stories about Ashley from the Santa episode. She's such an inventive and creative individual...such a pleasure to read about -- and unique. This would not only make a wonderful children's book -- but a book for us adults as well. We need more Ashley Petunias. Thank you!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 11, 2017:

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

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 11, 2017:

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

Thanks for sharing this delightful poem!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 08, 2017:

Shyron, Thank you so much. Blessings.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 08, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 07, 2017:

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.

DREAM ON on December 07, 2017:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 07, 2017:

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

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on December 07, 2017:

Most delightful, really enjoyed this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2017:

Thank you, Alicia. I hoped she was.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 06, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2017:

Thanks Jo. Much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2017:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2017:

Thank you, Devika, glad you enjoyed it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2017:

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

Jo Miller from Tennessee on December 06, 2017:

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

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 06, 2017:

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.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 06, 2017:

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

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 06, 2017:

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

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 06, 2017:

A wonderful story for kids and a must to read!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 06, 2017:

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

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on December 06, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2017:

Thanks for reading, and the kind comment, Hari.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2017:

Thank you, Louise. I hope so.

manatita44 from london on December 06, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2017:

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.

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on December 06, 2017:

Very enjoyable like nursery rhyme Jodah,

Had a great fun.

- Hari

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on December 06, 2017:

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

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 06, 2017:

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

Ann Carr from SW England on December 06, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2017:

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

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on December 06, 2017:

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.