Oasis of Souls
I tried to convey the feeling of the North African desert and the mysterious oases that punctuate the otherworldly landscape. These are pools of water from an underground aquifer that had somehow reached the surface. Many lie hundreds of miles from any known civilization - how were they found?
Settlements were founded at these sites, sophisticated agriculture developed and trade routes established. The full history of many of these is lost in time but the romance lingers. They represent an island of safety and solace in the hostile desert, a place to quench one's thirst. Surely they must exist for all wandering souls when we find ourselves alone in the spiritual deserts of this universe.