So, Kyrie Irving was hit
with a five game suspension, you say?
That’s his penalty for his association
with an antisemitic film?
Five games without pay?
How many games for accepting vile tropes?
How many games for condoning antisemitism?
And if he thinks the Holocaust was not real,
what then?
the whole season?

I can tell Kyrie my own brush with hate,
when I stepped off a plane in Indiana,
and a local inquired,”Are you Jewish?
Where are your horns?”
Fifty years ago and I still remember.

I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood,
bubble-wrapped against hurled epithets
Now the world has let these slurs
become common language, accepted.
Yes, five games surely is not enough.