by Shirley Shanoda Munafo
(Cincinnati, Ohio)

Now that I am 80 yrs old,
I have finally changed my name
I am glad this happened, really!
Before I started to go insane.

My new name is Sha noda.
Sounds pretty cool, you agree?
Let me tell you how I chose that name.
It really is a blessing for me.

I have always done a lot of things
That turned out to be pretty lame.
I was always saying," I should not of",
So that finally became my name

I Sha- nod- a done that over and over
Is what I constantly heard myself say,
So Shanoda is a reminder to me. you see.
I remember that every time I pray.

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