Sonnets: Cart Before the Horse

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In this week’s sonnet, Our Lady Penelope confesses to possessing a strange habit. I must admit this made me chuckle but also reminded me to not put the “Cart Before the Horse.”



Cart Before the Horse

When some fantastic notion, deed or plan

Occurs to me, I do not make a move.

Instead I just work harder on my tan,

Enjoying thoughts of triumph in my groove.

I picture myself giving interviews

About my great accomplishment withal,

On radio and television news,

Will surely be the belle of my own ball!

Yes in my mind with sequins I’m adorned,

A crown upon my head, my hand much kissed.

There is no chance my efforts will be scorned.

Oh wait – perhaps there’s something I have missed.

I do have this one fault, a little quirk-

I take my bows before I do my work.–

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  • Lady Penelope

    Penny Peyser, aka “Lady Penelope” is an actress / writer / documentary filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Her sonnets have been published in Defenestration , Blood & Bourbon, Page & Spine and Chantwood Magazine among others. Highlights from her acting career include The Hot l Baltimore original production at Circle in the Square, the films All the President’s Men, The InLaws, The Frisco Kid and TV series Rich Man, Poor Man II, The Tony Randall Show, Crazy Like a Fox and Knots Landing. Please visit for all links and to learn about her documentaries Trying to Get Good and Stillpoint. And now Penny Peyser has gathered all of her sonnets into a new book, “Sonnets from Suburbia: More Candles Than Cake”. It is a work of pure genius!

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