you say tomato ...

did i mention 
one of the lawyers i work with
 brought me
 some heirloom tomatoes 

we'd had a conversation
 not long ago
fruit and flowers

 bred to look good
they are beautiful
 they lack
taste or aroma 

my mom told me
 the worse the tomatoes in the market look
 the better they taste 

in florida
 she told me
 they ship out 
the best looking produce 
they keep the ugly stuff
 for in-state consumption

 when he gave me the tomatoes 
he said
 these are tomatoes 
your mom

he's right