Thursday, October 16, 2014

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Andrea Dietrich--United States and Jan Allison--United Kingdom

Poor Peter Pumpkin

By Andrea Dietrich and Jan Allison

Poor Peter Pumpkin had a very itty bitty head.
So the farmer made him stay inside the garden bed.

The farmer said that he was going to keep him warm with hay.
And there the itty bitty pumpkin stayed for many a day.

Finally, the farmer came to check upon poor Peter,
measured him and then exclaimed, “You’ve grown an extra meter!

I think it’s time for you to finally go and face the world.”
Peter got up from his bed. He twirled and twirled and twirled!

“My,” the farmer shouted, “You’ve grown two legs with feet!
You’re a special pumpkin. My daughters you must meet!”

Poor Peter heaved his hefty bulk, waddling away,
following behind the farmer so he would not stray.

They traveled rather quickly, and soon they reached the house.
The daughters saw the pumpkin and grew quiet as a mouse.

The silence lasted just until at last one daughter spoke,
“A pumpkin with two legs? Is this some kind of joke?”

Her father knelt beside her and whispered in her ear,
“Do not be afraid, my child. You’ve not a thing to fear.

We can carve a lantern. It will be your Halloween treat.
Then we can make lots of pumpkin pies for us to eat."

Peter trembled with a chill to hear their horrid plan.
Jumping out the door, he yelled, “Catch me if you can!”

He ran into the pastures. Then he tumbled down a hill.
As he rolled he bumped into the couple, Jack and Jill!

“Oh dear me,” cried Peter, “I do not wish to be
a lantern for this Halloween. Please, can you guys help me!”

Jack and Jill then led him to the land of Nursery Rhymes.
His sad fate has now been told to children many times.

For he ran across a man named Peter Pumpkin EATER.
Maybe you can guess now what became of our poor Peter!


  1. Andrea and Jan,
    This is absolutely darling! I love it. Welcome Jan to Whispers. I hope I will read more of your work.
    David Fox

  2. What an enjoyable co-write...and very entertaining, to say the least. Peter Pumpkin will stay in our heart for ever more:) Thank you, both of you, for sharing...I would also like to give Jan a warm welcome to Whispers. // paul

  3. Very clever--love it! Thank you both for sharing this cute pumpkin poem.

  4. I absolutely loved this fun Halloween co-write. It was very well done and gave me a smile this evening. Thank you for sharing both your talents and welcome to Whispers Jan.
    Love, Charlene

  5. Thanks to both of you for producing a very entertaining Halloween poem.
    Gave me a smile.
    Yvonne Sparkes

  6. Thank you, David Austin, for the following--

    The poem is completely charming. The child in everyone will love it. Love, Dave

  7. Cute! Clever collaboration! Sheri

  8. Cute and charming poem and nice to read! Well done collaboration Andrea and Jan!

  9. Poor Peter indeed! LOL--Very nicely done Andrea and Jan--Mary

  10. Dear Andrea and Jan,

    It's so good to see the wonderful response to this fun poem. Welcome to Whispers Jan! I hope you enjoy your time spent here. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.


  11. Thank you, Robert Dufresne, for the following--

    Well now... it's about time we had a new fairy tail for Halloween . We've been long overdue. Thanks for carving out a new tail with a tasty twist, Andrea and Jan. I enjoyed it along with the mysterious ending. Thank you. Hope all is well with you, Andrea. God bless.

    Bob D

  12. Thank you Andrea & Jan for a delightful romp with the farmer & Peter Pumpkin! I enjoyed your humorous poem. It made me chuckle! Good job! ~Chris

  13. Andrea and Jan, congratulations on your fun, witty and entertaining collaboration. I really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (