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.

 

30118my god became christ of the bleeding sorrows with seven swords through him
7214you are all over me until i look for you
511014he forked coal into the furnace mouth where flaming tongues swallowed it down
 
14103the boats rock wildly at different angles soaking business cards
5412you are anita and he is garibaldi but his eyes are dark
2949i thought all right i will go but i will take the entire establishment along
 
43113under the warm relentless rain pieces broke off and slid down the embankment
42512as i imagined it we would have a large ceremony of departure but then i forgot
51114his reach extended far in space and into time so that i felt easy with lina
 
5194ruthie i cry i want ruthie which my aunt says to my mother sounds how cute
35114when the white antelope cry would go up i would raise my fist but then drop back
2086the screaming thing is itself in pain but does not know it
 
3197the trouble with you americans is you have too much liberty
2323i contrived to write my name all over the passing parade balloons