Sonnets from Suburbia: Christmas Table

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As we reflect on 2022 and the holidays, Lady Penelope has a few words about “Christmas” as she describes a family Christmas scene that is quintessential Lady Penelope.


Christmas Table

The usual one-ups-man-ship prevailed

around the Christmas table where they sat,

pretending all was well while they assailed

and criticized each other tit for tat.

How humorous that siblings fiercely cling

to ancient arguments when they’re adults.

Through gritted teeth the Yuletide carols sing

and underneath their breath whisp’ring insults.

But mercif’lly a tender moment came

when mother softly spoke rem’bring him

whose memory could put them all to shame,

Their quarrelsomeness offending cherubim.

Relief and tears revived their late good will.

So grateful that they loved each other still.


  • 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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