The stable text of Ellis Island is divided into 52 books each containing 12 sonnets of 14 lines each. This page presents a Random Sonnet based on that text. The numerals in the left column of this page indicate book, sonnet, and line numbers that identify the source of each line in the stable text.


3078the sound of an oar stroking gently into water causes a fine long echo here
36614jesus had plenty to say about priests
15212i decide to leave the bookstore my cadillac as a conversation piece
23113he told me that god would bless my writer's career
37114i used to relive my motherŐs death constant so as to stave off other deaths
32124class struggle occurs not only then but every time a waiter hands you a menu
11113if i do something coded as powerful then alarms ring and i go down
2221i stand ready to serve those who wish to buy this product
1818the bear can dance these animals but the man can dance the bear
536some people give you bad dreams at night
46710they needed to get professoriates and spend many years thinking things over
40612your children suffer either way and you will have to deal with that guilt
271110can i manage being king on top of all this other stuff
6510some days we smell the hudson river sliding through the hills