Sonnets: High Altitude Faith

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Sat next to someone in an airplane seat

who boldly asked if Jesus was my Lord.

Taken aback, her eyes I couldn’t meet.

“That’s such a pers’nal question”, I implored.

Beware of challenges when strangers dare

demand a testament of true belief,

especially when you’re stranded in mid-air

and changing seats your one shot at relief.

I asked if she was on a mission now –

perhaps a Mormon, or another group

had given her some quota or a vow

that she must add more members to their troop.

The engine stalled, she queried me again.

I grabbed her arm and shouted out, “Amen!”


  • 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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