Autumn Beach by Alison Boylston Piazza
This is the best time, the quiet and good time,
The searching-for-sea-glass and gathering-wood time.
On clean swept sand, an occasional trace
Of sandpiper's footprints, as fragile as lace.
Limpid blue water and tranquil blue sky,
Stillness pierced only by seagull's shrill cry -
This is the best time, this golden fall,
This is the very best season of all.