The hardest part of grief is not the remembering,

but the forgetting.

Losing pieces of you,

like the notes of a melody disappearing,

one by one, until all that remains is silence

where music used to be.

paul Bluestein is a physician (done practicing) and a blues musician (still practicing). He lives in Connecticut near a beach where he finds quiet time to think about the past, and wonder about the future. In addition to poems and short stories that have appeared in a wide variety of online and print publications, he has had two books of poetry published - TIME PASSAGES in 2020 and FADE TO BLACK in 2021.