. Lessons in Love inspired by William George Falconer (1922 – 2006) I. The First The photo flew from Grandad’s falling wallet. It fluttered to the floor within my reach. I picked it up and saw the writing on it--- Summer ’64 at Brighton Beach. I gazed at Gran---a siren of the ocean--- Her skirt hitched up, surf lapping at her thighs, A skittish grin with saucy notions frozen In tantalizing, sea-and-sunshine eyes. My tender heart had plenty left to learn. The man who snapped the picture taught me well. He told me Gran’s bold beauty made him burn To dance with her till frost froze flames of Hell. I knew that day the value of our chat. I knew that night I’d pray for love like that. . II. The Last His feisty spirit hid in wizened skin That stretched across each worn and weary bone. I saw his grief---that wretched wince within His wistful eyes. He choked down every groan. I held my grandad’s gnarly hands in mine--- Hands that fought a war and built a life With she who made the bleakest moments shine – My grandmother, his gone and longed-for wife. He told me, when the stars were in his reach And always silvered sprawling golden sand, He’d meet his foxy sweetheart on the beach. They’d waltz and kiss then walk home hand in hand. He taught my smarting heart the marvel of That death-defying miracle called Love. . . Susan Jarvis Bryant has poetry published on Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, Light, Sparks of Calliope, and Expansive Poetry Online. She also has poetry published in TRINACRIA, Beth Houston’s Extreme Formal Poems anthology, and in Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets in the UK). Susan is the winner of the 2020 International SCP Poetry Competition, and has been nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize.