A poet’s sensibilities in other media
He sits with both hands relaxed on the throne’s armrest, like an old lion in repose. His position high on the dais allows him to regard the entirety of his court, to see how each of his subjects react as he orders the construction of trade routes, and the deaths of thousands. It is here he plays the game of Kings. It is here, he tries to shape an empire that will outlast his great grandchildren. He spends his time listening to reports from every corner of his growing empire. He responds with terse commands after long minutes of contemplation. Sometimes he seeks the counsel of the Taoist monks who now serve him along with their Buddha. Always his commands are followed.