The Alchemist’s advice


“People are more than what you see.

Do you know that?” he asked


I do, I replied

They are not the face one beholds

Or the trinkets or the garb they adorn

They are not the kindness exuded in their smiles

Or the twinkling laughter reflected in their eyes


“They are also not the words they say,” he added wistfully

“Or the warmth exuded in their touch

They are not the enthralling stories they tell

Or the hand they extend when you fall”


I know that, I interrupted

Agitated, that he thought so little of me-

People are not the secrets they share

Or the advice they bestow on you

I have learnt my lesson!


“That, yes. But there’s more –

What you see is only the tip

Deeper, are their roots; growing entangled,

Fighting their way through hardened crevices, dark corners”


“People are much more than what you see

This you must never forget, ever, again!” he said with a finality


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2 responses to “The Alchemist’s advice”

  1. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    So true that we can never truly know another person or what makes them behave as they do.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Yes…what appears to be is merely what they want you to see…I seem to be learning a lot in India 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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