Introducing Ashley Petunia: a Poetic Story for Children

Updated on December 7, 2017
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John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books.

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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.

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    © 2017 John Hansen

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        2 months ago from Central Florida

        I'll look for it, John.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        2 months ago from Central Florida

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

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        Eric Dierker 

        10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        Eric Dierker 

        10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        thank you John the story was very fun.

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

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        Frank Atanacio 

        10 months ago from Shelton

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

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        11 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Missy Smith 

        11 months ago from Florida

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

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        11 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Nithya. Glad you liked Ashley.

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        Nithya Venkat 

        11 months ago from Dubai

        Ashley Petunia is unique and great fun, enjoyed reading.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        11 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Genna East 

        11 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        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!

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        12 months 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 

        12 months 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 

        12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Shyron, Thank you so much. Blessings.

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        Shyron E Shenko 

        12 months 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 

        12 months 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 

        12 months 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 

        12 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        12 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        Most delightful, really enjoyed this.

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        John Hansen 

        12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Alicia. I hoped she was.

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        Linda Crampton 

        12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks Jo. Much appreciated.

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        John Hansen 

        12 months 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 

        12 months 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 

        12 months 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 

        12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Devika, glad you enjoyed it.

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        John Hansen 

        12 months 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 

        12 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Jo Miller 

        12 months ago from Tennessee

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

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        mckbirdbks 

        12 months 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 

        12 months 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 

        12 months 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 

        12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        A wonderful story for kids and a must to read!

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        Bill Holland 

        12 months 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 

        12 months 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 

        12 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        John Hansen 

        12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks for reading, and the kind comment, Hari.

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        John Hansen 

        12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Louise. I hope so.

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        manatita44 

        12 months ago from london

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

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        John Hansen 

        12 months 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 

        12 months 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 

        12 months ago from Bangalore

        Very enjoyable like nursery rhyme Jodah,

        Had a great fun.

        - Hari

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        Louise Powles 

        12 months 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 

        12 months 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 

        12 months 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 

        12 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Venkatachari M 

        12 months 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.

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