Sonnets from Suburbia

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Lady Penelope’s cat inspires spiritual insight and that comes in handy as Lady P looks to her cat for spiritual advice in “The Cat is Staring”.


The Cat is Staring

The cat is staring into inner space

so fixated on some consuming thought –

Or so his owner was convinced.  His face

reflected inner wisdom that she sought.

“I should be like my cat, so very still,”

“Observing all without, within, withal.”

Assigning meaning like an imbecile

When he spits up an elegant hairball.

Have mercy, noble feline, please reveal

The secret sauce to living in this world.

Your way of being carries such appeal,

I long to be like you, my tail unfurled.

Alas, my questions he will not address.

And let’s be real, the cat could not care less.


  • 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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