Looking around for a way to sugar coat my third story, I spent most of the evening watching videos about writers and researching writing techniques. Then I ran off a pile of tips about writing short stories. Finally I wrote a free verse poem about my difficult topic. The poem is just a plain little thing but has an honesty to it that is pleasing. It stands alone but it is just too bare bones. It makes a good starting point and gives my story some structure. I thought about turning it into a myth or a folktale but there really isn’t any religious statement , morality issue or universal truth about it to make so I’m stuck with the reality of the story. Live and learn.