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I don’t know where Shinola is
Or if it does exist,
But rumors of it, all these years,
Have managed to persist.

For people putting others down
Make reference to it,
Assuming that they can’t distinguish
This poor town from sh--.

I’m hoping that Shinolians
On this are none the wiser,
But that explains why you can’t find
This town on Trip Advisor!

(I always thought Shinola was a place,
but after writing this poem, I discovered
that it's actually the name of a shoe polish,
no longer in existence. Now the expression
makes a lot more sense!)

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  1. Date: 10/18/2013 3:21:00 PM
    Yes, it is a shoe polish..Enjoyed reading your poem with a touch of humor..I think that term Shinola was in the movie "Something To Talk About"..Sara