Kublai Khan’s empire stretched wide and vast,

spread out so that he could not visit every last,

territory and village which he ruled far and wide,

age kept him in his castle – – – locked up inside.


Obliged to beg Marco Polo “What was seen?”

“Tell me of things in every city you can glean.”

They spoke different languages, the king bade,

“Marco tell me of those things my people made.”


They spoke rarely in between Marco’s lectures,

Kublai saw his empire via simple conjectures,

the story pictured cities – – quite philisophical,

this story and that story are not chronological.


by W. Tomosky  ©