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.