There, There, Oakland

That quisling quotation,

Stein’s stuttering stare

at her childhood city,

is more famous than fair.

Mainly mistaken

from first reading on,

the tricky truth translates:

her old home was gone.

To old Miwoks or new global blends,

Oakland is rare, beyond compare.

Green oaks, blue skies, tidal lake:

They’re all there, there. So there.