Wing-Feather Fable: Broken-Hearted

Lisa is back with a new fable – oh, how I have missed her writing. This fable is a haunting story of a mother’s love – and that heart-breaking moment when you realize this: there are things in life from which you cannot save your child.


“Ain’t nothin’ easy ’bout fixin’ broken hearts.”

Poor advice, but it was all that Grandma Lucy gave her when she died. That, and Spangle’s Heart Repair, the family business. Grandma Lucy had been sour, but that didn’t mean she had a market on the truth. Natalie picked up a wrench, set out to prove her wrong.

Read the rest of the story here.

Photograph by Brenda Gottsabend; Story by Lisa Ahn

Read more about Wing-Feather Fables here.


Posted on January 22, 2014, in Wing-Feather Fables and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I was so happy to see the two of you in my reader this morning, yay! An amazing tale of love and heartache.

  2. I’ve missed Lisa’s writing and your images that always go so perfectly!

  3. Brenda, I love your image for its own sake, and Lisa Ahn’s story really touched me today.

  4. An unusual image from you. I love the warm tones! The repetition of forms is strong. Beautiful processing.

  5. A beautiful story, and this image is really wonderful, Brenda.
    I love the light and tones.

  6. Your ‘steampunk’ image is the perfect complement to this story…

    “broke places that a bandage couldn’t reach”

    That, truly, is a mother’s lament. I don’t always “get” Lisa’s stories, but this one is universally understandable. What mother doesn’t want to fix whatever ailment affects her child?

  7. Beautiful & heartbreaking

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