Receipts Galore

By Tahera Mayat

Would you like a receipt?

The cashier asks me

I know I should say no

It’s not at all important


So…would you like a receipt?

“Sorry, yes of course!” I say

Rapidly blurting out my default answer

As other customers sigh with impatience


I grasp the receipt and do

A juggling act with my change

Knowing the receipt will stay in my purse

For weeks or months on end


Until my purse is bursting with

Receipts and I take a fleeting

Journey down shopping memory lane

Before I recycle unimportant receipts

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