Elves of Childhood

“Very old are we men:
Our dreams are tales
Told in dim Eden
By Eve’s nightingales.”

– Walter de la Mare (1873 – 1956),
British poet and novelist










(A child’s night dream, 44 years ago)

elusive elves dance ‘round bonfire
tapered hats twirling with sapphire
candied shoes shining and tinkling
each one held emeralds sparkling

they took him to a kingdom lost
everything was covered with frost
reckless, he fell on frozen stream
awake he did, ‘twas just a dream!

– December 2002


the elves of inequity in childhood
the ghosts of iniquity in adulthood.

( between
childhood and adulthood
is idealism.

elves and ghosts
is realism.

idealism and realism
is pragmatism.)

(c) 2002 Chito L. Aguilar


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