Sonnets from Suburbia: Sugar

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Lady Penelope laments an acquaintance’s sugar addiction but banning sugar entirely does not suit. The answer is in her latest sonnet… “Sugar”.  And don’t forget to order a copy of Penny Peyser’s (Lady Penelope) brilliant newly released book, “Sonnets from Suburbia: More Candles Than Cake”.


She gave up sweets so instantly grew bitter.

Somehow became impossible to smile,

when none around her was a sugar-quitter.

Not ordering dessert did cramp her style.

Not Sweet ‘n Low nor Equal could suffice,

and merely mentioning Stevia lit her rage.

No longer was this girl sugar and spice.

Without her treats she could not act her age.

“What’s wrong with you?” asked her nutritionist,

the villain who’d insisted on this path.

“You ought to know, you sugar-abolitionist!”

“I’ve started smoking to incur your wrath!”

While high blood sugar isn’t recommended,

For mankind’s good her diet was suspended.



  • 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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