NaPoWriMo 2020 Update #1 & Poem – Ready or Not

It’s Easter Saturday and I’ve spent the whole day cooking and baking. I believe the count is up to five items – two types of hot cross buns, a jello salad, homemade naan, and butter chicken. I love doing this for many reasons. 

  1. It gives me a sense of normalcy that feels so very rare these days. 
  2. It’s a welcome distraction, keeping my mind and hands busy.
  3. It’s incredibly satisfying to shape and flavour and mix ingredients into delicious dishes. 

So there’s my mini lecture on why you should do some baking or cooking in these next few days – nothing at all to do with this blog post, but such is my random brain late at night. 😀 

So, NaPoWriMo…. How did it go for me this week? Well, I currently have nine poems written, which, according to today’s date, is two poems behind schedule. I’m not particularly worried about it at this stage. This is a self-imposed challenge that has no deadlines. I know that I will be able to catch up at some point in the next few days. This week has been a strange one, so I’m extending myself some grace. I moved out of school almost a week ago, and since then have been learning how to do life in a new setting with the online school style. It’s been a learning curve for sure….

But the sun has shone every day, I have the freedom to bake like never before, and God extends grace for every circumstance with a lavish hand. And writing poetry is a very good creative outlet! The poem I’m sharing with you today was the very first one I wrote this month. It deals with change and saying goodbye – two things that have played very prevalent parts in my life recently. I hope this resonates with you just like it did for me.


I wasn’t ready for the goodbyes,

just like I wasn’t ready

for Autumn to blaze so suddenly –

silencing summer in a single

golden evening.


I wasn’t ready for this to end,

just like I wasn’t ready for

summer to fade so quickly,

giving way to Autumn in a flutter

of dying leaves.


I wasn’t ready to leave this place,

just like I wasn’t ready

for Autumn to win this game of hide and seek

between the sunshine and frost

of these fickle seasons.


‘Ready or not, here I come’ –

The phrase echoes in my ears…

Change is coming, whether I’m ready

or not.


That’s all I have for this week – I’ll see you back here next Saturday. 🙂 And in the mean time I pray that you have a blessed Easter celebrating our victorious Saviour. Yes, the churches may be empty this year, but so is Jesus’ tomb! Praise God!

Does this poem ring true for you right now? Have you done any baking recently? I’d love to chat with you in the comments!

Author: Hannah

Jesus follower. writer. bibliophile. dreamer.

3 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 2020 Update #1 & Poem – Ready or Not”

  1. I love this poem and understand what motivated you to write it. I love how you said, “The churches may be empty this year, but so is Jesus’ tomb!” This is absolutely true and absolutely life-changing.

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  2. I’m sure you weren’t ready to leave your college and friends, Hannah. You had grown to enjoy the college life. Our speaker this morning, a college professor, mentioned how hard this change is for students. I like how you compared it to summer changing to autumn. Good closing phrase from ‘hide and seek’ too. You may not be ready and wish for time to finish college on campus, but God, who allowed the change, has promised sufficient grace. For this I will pray!

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