When It All Begins

Jaibala/ May 29, 2016/ Poetry/ 30 comments

The walls, they are closing in,

Reaching voids, just to keep them in,

That is when it all begins,


It’s hard to breathe, I am suffocating,

The world’s spinning, I am waiting,

That’s when the walls, they are closing in,


Truth and lies, the worlds collide,

Hurt, anger and confusion multiplies,

That’s when it all begins,


Pain evolves, loss survives,

Understanding sees beyond the noise,

When the walls begin to close in,


In the darkness, hope appears,

And you know all that you hold dear,

That’s when it all begins,


Beyond the smothering shadows of doubt,

Peeks the sun from behind the clouds,

The walls they close right in,

That’s when it all begins.


About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at contact@jaibalarao.com


  1. Loved this one, probably fills with a little more hope.
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    1. Thank You Ashu 🙂

  2. Aah! it sure rings a bell. Nicely written.

  3. Enjoyed reading the poem!Nice thoughts!

    1. Thank You So Much 🙂

  4. It always is the darkest hour befpr dawn. And the first ray of morning would seem beautiful and soothing

    1. Yes the first light after your darkest hour is always the most beautiful sight. Thank You Ramya 🙂

  5. sometimes all that we see are the walls, the darkness, the clouds. even if the light broke the clouds, we’d be so engrossed in that darkness that we forget to see that hope. it’s important to know when to let go, I think.
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    1. I agree, it is important to know when to let go and when to hold on. Hope, is very strange, sometimes it can be your failing making you hold on to things longer than required.

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  7. Zero To Hero, isn’t it? When you are at the worst situation in your life, you learn to appreciate the things that you took for granted. And that lesson of humility and gratitude is what pushes you on to begin life again. Beautifully described, Jaibala : )

    1. Thank You Mithila. Yes, Appreciate things you took for granted, let go of thing you are hanging on to, know the things worth fighting for, all these distinctions come from having nothing to lose.

  8. Strong poem there, Jaibala.
    To quote JK Rowling, ‘Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life’.
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    1. I was thinking of this(you know what) for the past few days. It is so apt that you quote these lines exactly.

  9. Beautiful poem. I believe when everything is shut, hope keeps us going. And that is when we grow stronger.

    1. Hope is a good thing Ramya, but sometimes it keeps us hanging on to the wrong things too. The darkness probably helps tell the difference.

  10. The darkest hour is before the dawn. Only when we hit rock bottom are we ready to climb out.

    Lovely poem Jaibala!

    1. Thank You Vishal. The darkest hour indeed is before the dawn, and then we know what is the right thing to do.

  11. When the walls close in, turn sideways and walk out. You know what I mean, keep your wits about you and create opportunities and avenues to get over the hardships. Lovely poem.

    1. Thank You Sulekha. I do agree, sometimes it is more prudent to turn sideways and walk out.

  12. The dichotomy of life — our worst hours are also a signal of a journey back to healing. Perhaps, we have reached the very base and can’t go further or adversity has given us enough fortitude to fight back.

    1. I think it is at our lowest, when we realise what we truly care for and want., what is worth fighting for. And then we decide to give up or fight back.

  13. Its as they say ‘the darkest hour is just before dawn’ ‘there’s always light at the end of the tunnel’; its a similar situation with everything that we do. Its like when you have nothing to lose you are ready to conquer, the self doubts are put to rest and all of a sudden you start with a newly found vigour. You have sumed it up so well here and it simply says ~ ‘the walls are closing and then it all begins’

    1. Also when you have nothing to lose, you know what you value the most, what is worth the fight. Thank You Karan 🙂

      1. that’s very true!
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  14. This is something I can so relate to right now. Good one 🙂

    1. Thank You for reading. Glad you could relate to it.

  15. I think it’s when we reach rock bottom that we find our true fighting spirit. When the walls close in it may seem frightening and like all is lost, but our reserves of resilience will see us through. Undoubtedly so.
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    1. True, just like the spring which bounces back up when pressed down. As long as we remember we are the spring, all should be fine.

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