No one knows the reason why
Elves can't catch cold and they never cry.
But any sunny day you may spy
On fields and lawns all under the sky
Their cob-web handkerchiefs spread to dry!
-- Rachel Field
(From Eliza and the Elves by Rachel Field, illustrated by Elizabeth MacKinstry, Macmillan, 1930)
photo: Bruce Komusin, Great Cranberry Island, Maine, 6 Oct. 2005