Not To Be Taken

One Green Bottle


“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”
― William Blake


One green bottle

standing on


window sill

as sunlight filters through

Venetian blinds

hitting the message

embossed on the glass

Not To Be Taken

what is not to be taken


is it not to be taken




I had to narrow my eyes to read those words

of warning

or wisdom

written many years ago

when once upon a time

this bottle held a substance

which it no longer holds

because my eyes no longer see

as they once saw

I apologise if

my perception

can now only view

the bigger picture

rather than the

smaller one


“My mother groaned, my father wept,
into the dangerous world I leapt.”
― William Blake


8 thoughts on “Not To Be Taken

    • Thank you very much!

      I love your cobalt bottle and the way you shot it.

      The green bottle is hexagonal, no curves. It’s a Victorian chemist’s poison bottle according to a quick search which led to similar ones on Ebay. One entry called them ‘coffin’ bottles. There is a cobalt version but we only have the green one, found it at a local junk store and it has some crusty slightly yellow substance inside of it, not sure if that’s the original contents, I guess tasting it is probably not a good idea.


      • Yes, I mean NO, do not taste. I’d never seen a curved one like mine before. I have 7 of the cobalt hexagonal ones in graduating sizes, maybe 8 inches down to 3). Have looked for many years (I’ve collected blue glass since I was 5) for the one size in the middle that I am missing. Have not tried Ebay. Somehow, I believe I am supposed to find it on foot, in a funky old store, like you found yours. Weird, huh? (resistance to technology???)

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        • I love technology, partly because it makes being a hermit easier, but it has its limits (just don’t tell it that it does as it is a sensitive soul) and you can’t touch, smell, feel, and see things online the way you can in a store and junk shops are a sensory experience that must be tasted in person.

          I love browsing Ebay, it’s quite useful for research, but the pressing commitment buttons online is something which makes me panic.


  1. Nice Post! I learned about William Blake from the Johnny Depp movie “Dead Man”. Maybe, your not supposed to take the bottle? Take the ingredients, just don’t take the bottle. Like in the Outlaw of Josey wales when Chief Dan George says “They didn’t make me surrender, but they took my horse and made him surrender”


    • Thank you very much!

      Ha, I love that, clever!

      Funnily enough I came across that Johnny Depp film the other night on Amazon or Netflix, I’d never heard of it, sounds intriguing.

      My introduction to Blake came via Aldous Huxley who called his diary of the effects of taking drugs ‘The Doors of Perception’ after that quote. I don’t recall much about the book other than that he became unusually fascinated by ordinary objects, seeing them as extraordinary creations – made me look at things differently.


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