ellisislandpoem.com

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.

 

291112with the wind in our sails we set out for the island in the pond ten feet away
47411i open it north and blow spirits into the wind and so i stay healthy in hell
29114what ignorance i used to imitate now i recognize as mine
 
3461this can make a much greater difference than you ever imagined
2289you look for bodies who find in you a palace garden where they stroll peacefully
38611coursework and comprehensives took three years taming my prose style another nine
 
9412glory
3723when they finished the irrigation system the desert turned a silvery green
1167the history of italy is the history of these clever initiatives
 
2812spend on those you see around you
1721blue agate friezes spiral upward as you read the story of the past
141212every signal reaching a mind records more than you know including your approval
 
4053if she flags i turn the hollow flaking map sphere on its rusty axis anyway
5412you are anita and he is garibaldi but his eyes are dark