Breathes in:

students, parents, books, and clothes,

pillows, sheets, laundry baskets, and mini fridges,

research grants, ticket sales, federal loans,

enthusiasm, conflict, confrontation, possibility,

meals eaten, tests taken, papers written,

syllabi developed, assignments given, and resources available

Breathes out:

graduates, partners, books, sweatshirts,

suitcases, passports, cars, and internships,

innovations, winning seasons, losing seasons, and debt,

learning, conflict, confrontation, possibility,

speeches given, courses failed, certificates earned,

goals reached, lives created, and purposes found