“He was a Tree” Fiction. Based on a True Love Story.

“The only thing I thought about when I was painting was my memories.”

-Tomer Peretz


“He was a Tree”

Fiction. Based on a True Love Story.

By Starry Teller


This journal entry is inspired by true events. Some of the characters, names, businesses, incidents, and certain locations and events have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes. Any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional.

Trigger Warning: our program often motivates people to discuss their trauma. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, please, take a step back to address emotional flashbacks and trauma before continuing to push yourself. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or the National Suicide Hotline at (1-800) 273-8255.


He was a tree.

His mind was an insipid ocean of subtle waves.

His thoughts were always,

His heart was never.


Duplicitous as the day,

Weak as the absolute,

Courageous as the seed,

Complacent as the time before,

Wasteful as the weary,

Unnerving as the unknown.


She was a cloud.

Her words were an expected arrival of loss.

Her memories were dancing.

Her existence was still.


Chivalrous as the night,

Strong as the destitute,

Timorous as the pine,

Determined as the world to come,

Careful as the cunning,

Beautiful as the beset.

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