Sonnets from Suburbia

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Lady Penelope is having trouble with her Yoga practice. Could it be her attitude or her arthritis? What’s a lady to do?

 Yoga Trouble


I find myself in downward facing dog

Declining to move forward into plank.

Not in the present moment, in a fog,

My Yogic attitude is rather rank.

Reluctantly I breath and shift my pose,

Reminded to be only where I’m at,

Distracted by arthritis in my toes

And by my extra lay’r of belly fat.

Beloved teacher asks, does not command

That we all focus in on our intent.

Alas my thoughts are like the shifting sand

Indulging my internal argument.

We fin’lly come together chanting “Om”,

But typically my head’s already home.


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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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