Sonnets from Suburbia: Small Moment in the Car

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Lady Penelope remembers a small but deeply touching moment with her Dad in “Small Moment in the Car”. Lady Penelope will be appearing at the “Los Angeles Times Festival of Books” on Sunday, April 23 from 11 AM – 1 PM at the Black Chateau booth – Table 153 in the Gold Zone. She would love you to stop by to say “Good Day” and pick up her (Penny Peyser) brilliant newly released book, “Sonnets from Suburbia: More Candles Than Cake”.

Small Moment in the Car


Recalling a small moment in the car

Running an errand ‘tween points A and B,

My father said, “Let’s stop right where we are,

And talk about a problem that I see.”

I’d hoped my sigh was barely audible,

Since knowing what the topic was at hand.

I knew his need to help was laudable,

But still anticipated reprimand.

The engine idled, smiled to hide my dread,

Hands on the wheel, my knuckles gripping white,

“Your marriage seems uneasy’s” what he said.

I turned to hide quick tears from father’s sight.

“Whatever comes, sweetheart, you know I’m here.”

I reached across and dampened his cashmere.—



  • 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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