Patient, 88, commemorates rehab center stay with cute poem

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published July 15, 2019

 Cliff Miller, who is an 88-year-old Sterling Heights resident, recently wrote a cute poem  to commemorate his visit to Shelby — A Beaumont Affiliated Health & Rehabilitation Center  and received 100 likes on Facebook in an hour.

Cliff Miller, who is an 88-year-old Sterling Heights resident, recently wrote a cute poem to commemorate his visit to Shelby — A Beaumont Affiliated Health & Rehabilitation Center and received 100 likes on Facebook in an hour.

Photo provided by Sean Southers

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — An 88-year-old local man commemorated his visit to Shelby — A Beaumont Affiliated Health & Rehabilitation Center recently with a cute poem, and a lot of people liked it on social media.

Cliff Miller, a Sterling Heights resident, recently was transferred from Henry Ford Macomb Hospital on 19 Mile Road to the rehab center on Schoenherr Road in Shelby Township to continue his treatment.

While staying at the center, Miller decided to put his creativity to work and wrote a poem on some paper. When complete, his wife took it home and typed it for him. She brought it back all typed up, and he gave it to the activity director at the center.

The center posted it on its Facebook page June 24 with a note that the whole building would get a pizza party if the post got at least 100 likes.

The post got more than 100 likes in an hour, and eventually the post reached just under 300 likes.

“It has been (liked) in New Hampshire, Colorado. ... It’s sharing all over,” Miller said.

Miller does not use social media, but his wife does.

Writing poems is a hobby for Miller. He said he has written approximately 2,500 other poems over the last 20 years.

“I am always looking for topics and thought, ‘I’ve never been to this place before,’” he said.

He was on track to be discharged around July 9.

He said it made him feel “wonderful” that he had received so many likes and shares.

“I’ll write more,” he said.

To read the full poem, visit @BAHRCShelby on Facebook. Here is a sample: “There is ice cream, ice cream, ice cream galore / Just when you finish, there’s always more / After dinner if the Tigers are winning / My friends and I will probably be grinning.”

“We couldn’t be more honored to have one of our residents commemorate his stay with us with such a beautiful soliloquy. It’s patients like Cliff that make us all so proud to come to work every day. We wish Cliff a safe and speedy recovery! After he’s discharged back home, we hope he might be willing to come back as a volunteer or maybe even lead a poetry class for some of our other residents!” Sean Southers, the marketing director at the rehab center, said via email.

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