The Illness of Good Fortune

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

I am a simple writer and a poet who wishes to share my experiences in life with others through poems and stories

"AN ILLNESS OF GOOD FORTUNE":

A woman named Mansah, who has lately been suffering from minor illness, enters the door of her apartment after shopping at Melcom in Hohoe in the Volta Region of Ghana. Mansah begins to work her way up the stairs to her apartment, stopping frequently to catch her breath. Along the way she reflects on aspects of her life, including her younger brother Aheto, who has recently returned from fighting in the Bukum Fighting Arena and is now living with Mansah and her husband. She thinks disparagingly about her brother, and his failure to change much from their rural upbringing. She also thinks about her husband, Kofitsey Gamli, a salesman for Konuvie Stores in Jasikan" who has seemed particularly happy lately; about her age of 34; and about her general dislike for children. When she sits down on a step to catch her breath she accidentally sits on a toy pistol, which she recognizes as belonging to Gakpo, an unruly six-year-old boy who lives in the building. She also thinks about Madam Atsufui, a fortune teller who has recently read her palm and claimed that "a long illness" would lead to "a good fortune."

On the second floor, Mansah is accosted by Mr. Foli, a 65-year-old former teacher who asks her if she was fine and she said yes. When she excuses herself from Mr. Foli, and continues up the stairs, she becomes out of breath after only five steps and wonders for an instant if she has cancer. By the time she reaches the apartment of her friend Abla Woekpor on the third floor she is nauseated and disoriented. After Mansah enters her friend's apartment and collapses into a chair, Abla begins to tease her about being pregnant but Mansah denies the possibility that she is pregnant, claiming that her husband would never "slip up". Finally, however, Mansah begins to admit to herself the possibility that she is pregnant. Suddenly, she asked herself, should this be "an illness of a good fortune?"


Written by: Agbetsi Divine Kordzo...(warrior)


Submitted: March 03, 2020

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