Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
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Hunting for Elves

by Stuart Sharp

There are elves in the hills hereabouts,
And probably goblins too.
I’ve never seen them you understand,
But there’s definitely room for a few

And I think that there might be some danger
On that bridge where I went for a stroll.
It’s next to a field full of billy goats,
So clearly there must be a troll

I wouldn’t be surprised if the forest
Is filled up with satyrs and nymphs.
I’ve walked there but didn’t quite see them
Just squirrels and badgers and things.

I’ve never quite manage to catch them
The strange things I know live near me.
I thought I caught sight of a dragon,
But it turned out to be just a tree.

I worry sometimes, if I spot them
If I manage to make some great find:
If I find elves,
Will they be as good,
As those I can see in my mind?

© 2007 Stuart Sharp

Stuart Sharp is a writer and postgraduate history student currently living in East Yorkshire.

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