variety and value

once upon a time
there were no
“heirloom” tomatoes

there were just

all of them
oddly shaped,
raucously irregular
and unpredictable

eventually the ones
who were most uniform
were the ones chosen
by industrialization

planted row after row after row
packaged up and consumed while
their wilder relatives
were slowly choked out of

now the heirlooms
are making a comeback,
the tomatoes are allowed
to intermingle
and they’re more expensive
than their uniform

is this the only way
we can understand the
beauty of wildness?

to nearly choke it out for its
unruliness and then
fawn over it as it nears

this is
too common
a story.