Noah Burton: Turning Trees into Guns Is Easy

Noah Burton: Turning Trees into Guns Is Easy
Francisco Moreno

Francisco Moreno

The Hive


Turning trees into guns is easy;

mouths into walls or heads into pollen,

not so in this morning rain.


Given a bouquet, the tree blushes;


patched bicycles fall over in rust

on the dirt roads. How convenient

the alley, thinking, sprouts a hydrangea

like a dream in a brain, simple.

Noah Burton's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Paperbag, The Puritan, Outlook Springs, Cruel Garters, among others. He is a recipient of the 2015 Dick Shea Memorial Prize in Poetry judged by Tanya Larkin. Noah lives in New Hampshire where he works at a burrito shop, adjuncts at local colleges, and plays in the occasional band/perpetual solo project, House of 1000 Sports Cars.