a tree like an enormous oak tree grows in the sea floor, just far enough from the beach to drown before you could reach the lower branches at high tide, the heaving sea too strong. There is a  house in the branches made of wide planks of wood cut from another tree, a house like a crate caught in the branches like a fish in a net. When the house collapses and falls into the waves, the contents of the house wash ashore – bloated books, a grandfather clock

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