The Clench

Here is the clench: you place your arms on the bicep, the other at the elbow
and you swim in always aiming for the inside
or you can grab around the ribs and press your chin
to her chest and bring her down
It’s a technique that I have a hard time learning by sight alone
I am partnered up and we are hesitant, fearing to hurt the other
Really, we want to win so we start the swimming
Around us, students are hitting the mat in sweeps
I look at her feet and sensing I’m about to sweep her
she turns me like a steering wheel but my legs are stronger
so we buckle and we are back in the clench.  
She is tired but she won’t let go and neither will I.