Friday, May 18, 2007


By now you've probably heard about the wreck of the 19th-century ship, the King Philip, visible for a time in 1984, and again this year on Ocean Beach. Already since the article in the Chronicle and the feature on NPR, the stern has sunk back in to the sand and only the bow is visible. Actually it is the sand that is moving, riding in on the waves and depositing itself once again on the beach. The sand travels in and out, slowly moving south. They say the bow will be visible for only a few more days until it, too, will be buried again.

I love how a piece of our past can rise up unexpectedly. We know it's there, but we don't think about it until some external force or trigger brings it up to us, to trip over. And then it will eventually sink back down again into the sands.