elves live in  the land     
       beyond the great dam.      
  it  was built in  the late  sixties.  
     the elves came to  us then.    
 they  were  very  manipulative,  and  we 
 came to trust them.           us 
 kids would  play  down at the water even 
 though we were not allowed.        
     sometimes the  sluice  would close 
 entirely,  and  the  river  at the  dams 
 foot would dry  up, revealing  the rocky 
 water   garden  that  had  been   hidden 
 beneath, and  we would go there.     
        before the dam opened  again, 
 there  would be a signal, but  the elves 
 would make us not hear  it, and suddenly 
 we would find  the water rising, already 
 at our knees.                
  by  then the elves  would be  gone.