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.