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.