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  • The orchid is not self-pollinating. It requires a specific pollinator. I found this out because I became lovesick for a flower. I fell in love with orchids.

    I fell in love, and so does the orchid bee. The orchid flower makes itself look like a female orchid bee so that the male bee will make love to her - or he tries to, anyway, and then carries off the pollen when he inevitably leaves her to explore new worlds. The flower's ruse works well.

    In my mind, this becomes a metaphor for men and women. Perhaps a woman is capable of becoming what a man wants her to be, whether it is her true nature or not. Or is it a man sees what he wants to see? I think it may be equal parts of both. This dance plays out on many stages.
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