I’ve been seeing them in woods and yards. Purple Prince Tribute Flowers.

Last week I saw them — deep purple iris in planned and tended flower beds. Now I’m seeing purple flowers everywhere! Little light lavender-flowered weeds, leather flowers, purple petunias and violets and gayfeathers — and I can’t wait for the lilac hedges! Now I look for them everywhere, and see them everywhere. Nature is paying its own tribute to Prince.

I know it’s my own imagination and my own memories. Has it been a year already? A year since we lost “our” Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 — April 21, 2016). Gone way too soon, and way too young. And I’m just a listener, a fan. I cannot even imagine what the loss is like — even a year later — for those artists who knew and worked with Prince; artists like Nashville’s Philip Lassiter and L.A.’s Judith Hill. I know that they are marking the passage of time, their own loss, and their own transitions — in their own ways. They are working and making music. And music heals.

Healing, too, are the beautiful purple flowers — all shapes, shades, and sizes — that I see everywhere I go. Now, I’m looking for them, and they help.