Lilac comfort

grave
purple, pungent lilac
on gravesite rests
Union soldier
Gettysburg death

a young child places
the fragrant vine
our family buried you
at 25

Gettysburg raged
before you died
we know you lived
to say good-bye

Connecticut boy
lived on these grounds
sweet lilac must have been
full ’round

Memorial day
the tribute we show
are the lilacs, we hope
were a comfort to know

years pass and the child
does not know this strife
sweet lilac remembers
its part in your life