Clattery MacHinery on Poetry

March 7, 2007

“The Scent of Ensure” by J. Shawcross





              by J. Shawcross
              “for my sister Jackie, who has a feeding tube
              and a great sense of humor”

                                The Scent of Ensure
                                              A new day dawns,
                                                What is in store?
                              The scented air as Frank prepares
Later, enters Rachael Ray
    With cups and spoons galore.
Can she beat in a bowl a fragrance
    That will beat the scent of Ensure?
                                                                The day goes on. Food Channel reigns-
                                                                    Recipes, more and more.
                                                                What mist can all those masters mix
                                                                  That gives forth a scent like Ensure?
                In the oven now, a shrimp dish,
                    With butter and spices poured o’er;
                But I do declare the scent can’t compare
                      With the wonderful whiff of Ensure!
                                            The sun descends
                                              But puffs endure.
                                Dreams are inspired by the scents of







published here with the gracious permission of the poet, J. Shawcross




  1. ok, i haven’t been out in a while.
    what is ensure?


    Comment by sarahj — March 10, 2007 @ 7:16 pm

  2. Hi Sarah,

    Ensure is a meal replacement. I believe you mix the powder with milk in a blender. As you can see from the picture, it comes in four flavors.

    Here is Ensure’s web site:

    Thanks for asking.


    Comment by Clattery MacHinery — March 10, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

  3. oh ho!

    Comment by sarahj — March 11, 2007 @ 9:41 am

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