Join our Mums' Poem

mum poem image by Caroline DaviesRelease your inner poet!

Take a minute to add a line to this group 'kenning' poem started by Penzance WILD mums and Anna Maria Murphy.

A kenning is a simple poem that works like a riddle – you describe a subject without ever naming it. How would you describe 'a mum' in just two or three descriptive words?

Click on the 'join in' button above to add your line. (If it still says 'join us' you need to register first).

We asked poets to curate their own versions of this poem as part of our travelling exhibition: Story of Mum: Mums making an exhibition of ourselves. Watch some of the performances here.

The poem changes order whenever you refresh the page.

We'd love you to add YOUR words.



Safe harbour

love multiplier

respirateur and goddess

Enduring capacity for guilt

Stumbling tweeting loon

life giver

life and love teacher

referee and general righter of wrongs

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

Peace Maker

Child pacifier

The singer not the song

sofa den builder

Nightmare comforter

snuggler and cuddler

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

Cheek kisser

food inventor



Loving listener

Story reader