Sonnets from Suburbia: Don’t Cross Me!

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Yes, diversity of thought is a prickly pear. So says Lady Penelope as she bemoans the burden of always being right. Yeah….right.




Don’t Cross Me!

Don’t cross me, I’m so certain that I’m right

And challenges provoke a jerking knee.

Positions set in stone eas’ly ignite

My pers’nal fire and brimstone aimed at thee.

A hair trigger response is seldom one

That serves the greater good and rarely solves

Whatever issue satisfying none,

Eluding practices off’ring resolves.

When differing opinions take a stance

Feet in cement, no walking in thy shoes,

O’ safely wager peace hasn’t a chance

And God above our actions won’t excuse.

We could relent, deciding so to share.

Diversity of thought’s a prickly pear.


  • 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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