Each breath thereafter was painted
The color of life saved, though tainted. ("by _____" --you fill in the blank.)
With life owed each in every step,
Forever to carry their debt,
Unspoken debt for redemption.
Respect, trust allowed an exemption.
Marks carved upon each others' bones,
Cut with honor by blunted stones.
A humble vow, a shared disgrace,
They descended a lowly place.
But then they shared a sacred toll,
Courage to lift each others' soul.