Here is a glass of water from my well.
It tastes of rock and root and earth and rain.
It is the best I have,
my only spell.
And it is cold
and better than champagne.
From A Glass of Water by May Sarton (1912-1995)
En route from Kerman to Hormuz, a bustling port in southeastern Iran, the 13th century explorer Marco Polo was impressed by what calls “the many natural hot baths [which] have excellent virtues; they cure the itch and several other diseases.” This photo shows a mother and child washing clothes in the same vibrant green water of Kerman that Marco Polo saw. The sulfurous waters of these plains still have their reputed healing powers.