“You receipt” by Sasha at the table on Nassau Street

Thursday November 21, 2019
5 minutes

You stash your receipts in a Birkenstock shoe box
under your desk near the waste basket and the recycling bin
You stash your receipts for the whole year and then come tax time
you sort them into piles
the things you’ve done
the things you’ve eaten
the things you’ve bought

It’s all there
The blue v-neck that you spent forty dollars on
and then stained with pasta sauce the first time you wore it
The coffee meeting with the boss you might’ve had
had you gotten the job
The French film at the underground cinema
with the popcorn like you make at home
(Olive oil, garlic powder, nutritional yeast)
The ferry ride to see your sister and her new twins
The work shoes
The sushi lunch where Charles forgot his wallet and you paid

It’s all there in piles of thin paper
some faded numbers
some smudged ink

You use the calculator on your phone and
add each pile up