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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Toss
By Cecil John
 
From “On the Edge”

IT’S a million miles from Here to There,
And not a soul who’s here to care
 
Whether I sit by my lonely fire
And smoke till the last grey ashes expire,
 
Or whether I go down the narrow way        5
The goats spring up at break of day—
 
Past the huts where the thatched roofs gleam
Silver-domed in the moonlight’s beam,
 
Past the shambas where shadows deep
Beneath the broad banana-leaves sleep—        10
 
On to a hut in the thorn-tree glade,
Where a brown-skinned, ankleted, slim young jade,
 
Sulky and supple, is waiting for me…..
Well, shall I go?… Toss a coin and see!
 
 
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