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Recent Work By Nicole Antonio

bow at the edge
bow at the line
              Hajime!
one step forward and it’s over
that fast
     no you sidestep
         grab
  resist        the other
hooks your ankle
     midstep
hip taps the mat
              Koka!
small point
                      not yours
one minute in and you’re already
        choking on your lungs
burning and blurry and down
             arm bar across your throat
  chin down clench every joint
          to your chest
     fingers pry but can’t unlock you
so the ref calls
              Matte!
                   reset
breatheHajime!
       grab\twist\kick\brace\block\sprawl\stand/step/fake/throw
    fall forward
            on top of the other
chest-to-chest-to-back-to-mat
              Ippon!
              win
bow at the line
bow at the edge

                                                                                                                                              breathe