The Katana's Burden by Shomeret
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I can feel the fiery shadow
Of all my future quickenings
Glowing within my sword.
It lives as lightning
Within the dragon katana's blade.
In the aftermath of victory
Its flame blazes through me
Even as it eats the life of my foe.
I am sustained by this burden
Of death that I bear
Sucking strength and nourishment
Through some sort of vampirism
That extends my own survival
By means of sword struggle.
I am no different than you, Nick
And perhaps I am worse
For I prey on my own kind.
So it will be until only one remains.