empty bottles

I looked at the bottle and it spoke,
“I am empty, please fill me”

Next, my thoughts went in a variety
of directions, but all returned to a
question in answer to the bottle’s

“What shall I fill you with bottle” I said

“There are so many things we could try,
but what would feel best, what would
make you happiest?” I asked

Before the bottle could answer, I had
scurried around looking for possible
fillers. I lined them up on the bench…
I shall list them for you:

  • flowers freshly picked from my garden and a jug of water to keep them alive for a little while
  • some sand I had reserved for art projects, could be decorated like coloured sands
  • tiny pebbles from the fishtank could hold the bottle firmly in place when wind blew
  • vodka, if he was feeling like he could use a nip
  • tissue paper which I thought might look pretty and becoming
  • some pretty costume jewellery that would fit down the neck of the bottle
  • a punnet of blueberries
  • some lead pencils and charcoal
  • a few coloured straws
  • some bread crumbs
  • some pretty marbles
  • a peacock feather

But the bottle said, rather painfully,
“I do wish you would stop and listen for a minute,
how can you know what I’d like to be filled with
if you do not stop a moment to hear me speak?
None of the lovely things you have gathered will
suffice as all are fleeting.”

“Oh I’m so sorry, please do tell me what you would
like me to fetch, so that I can fill your emptiness.” I said

“Good, now you are listening….please grab a piece of paper
and a waterproof marker and will you write upon it one word
please?” said the bottle

“Of course, anything for you” and off I went to fetch some
paper and a pen.

“Now what would you like me to write on this piece of paper
dear bottle? What is the one word you would have me write?”
I asked

The bottle, being inanimate did not seem to move so much as
glint at me in the sun and said “LOVE”, he repeated this
“please write down the word LOVE and roll it into a scroll
and pop it inside me. Then I will be full. Then I will also be
able to give. The next person who finds me, will take out the
message and walk away, having received the purest revelation.

And what follows, is that I will then ask the next stranger who comes along
to fill me again, for I am empty" he said. “And in this way, I will have
fulfilled my destiny, to LOVE myself and from that LOVE to
reach and and LOVE others. Even an inaminate object such
as myself, can promote LOVE if the person is open to hearing
the message and humble of heart” the bottle said.

I filled the bottle with the message of LOVE and the bottle
looked complete. I watched with interest as the next stranger
saw the bottle with a message inside, picked it up, poured out
the message of LOVE into his own hands and read it out aloud
“LOVE” and as he passed by strangers in the street that day,
he smiled a greeting and felt different for the reminder of LOVE
that was now in his jacket pocket.

So, if ever you happen to see an empty bottle lying about now,
you know just what to do.

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  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellabout 2 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful, Karin!

  • aw, thank you so much Marilyn :)

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  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleabout 2 years ago

    awwwww you’ve made me smile.
    I know I’m gonna think of this when I see empty bottles in future :D
    Lovely work Karin.

  • aw, that makes me very veeeery happy, thank you so much Maree! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • JaneRoberts
    JaneRobertsabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful, Karin and much love to you. xx

  • thanks so much Jane, aw hugs xox

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehabout 2 years ago

    Amazing how simple gestures can do so much. Although we may not be able to improve the entire world; little by little, with combined efforts of many and continued action through time, so much improvement would be seen.

  • so true Mui-Ling, simple gestures are sometimes very powerful. Thanks for the link to your work “Together we Lift”… beautiful…..thank you for your lovely response :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • rain-dogs
    rain-dogsabout 2 years ago

    now thats what i call recycling……great work k

  • thanks so much bro, glad you liked my little story, lol…recycling yeah, I hadn’t thought of it like that, but you’re right…..it’s just recycling with a twist :)

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  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 2 years ago

    what a ’ love’ ly idea Karin…if only we were all filled with love like the bottle what a wonderful world it would be !

  • aw, thank you so much Linda, that means a lot to me….yes absolutely, what a wonderful world it would be. xox

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestabout 2 years ago

    You sure know how to bring on the smiles….xxx

  • aw, thank you so much, I’m so happy if this brought you a smile KarenSue, a friend suggested this be turned into a short video, so I’m hoping someone might do that (I’ve asked my children as they like making vids for youtube, but because it’s mum’s work….it’s perhaps not edgy or cool enough for them lol…my son likes it anyway, so we’ll see)! It would be great though, I can see this as a video, or an animation :) x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Sushikant S.
    Sushikant S.about 2 years ago

    Nice one

  • aw thank you my friend :)

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  • peechez2010
    peechez2010about 2 years ago

    I love it! I will never have another empty bottle without thinking of you and this special writing.
    As the song says, “Love is all we need”. Thanks for the smiles and warm fuzzy feelings my friend~ Hugs, Peechez

  • I’m so happy you enjoyed it and found it meaningful Peechez, it really means a lot to me!! big hugs and smiles….xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • labaker
    labakerabout 2 years ago

    great idea :)

  • thanks much Larry! :)

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