Join our Mums' Poem

Release 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're asking 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 so far here.

The poem changes order whenever you refresh the page. We'd love you to add YOUR words.



I like mummy because mummy likes me.

singer of songs!

Super sorter

always there ..any time of day or night

excited explorer and amazed follower

food maker, biscuit baker,

Booby, kisses, cuddles

Loving and understanding

Problem Solver

Beautiful kindness

indescribably amazing

life and love teacher

Creator of beauty

Jack of all meals, master of none

nit picker

Little foot tickler

Singer of songs

snot rag

Role model

hair sniffer

Bed maker

They are all different

Creative, home maker

Defender & Protector; Feeder & Teacher; 3 Line Whip & Comforter; Chief Timetable Officer; Dresser & Undresser; One Half of Parenting Rock; Source of their Security

Child pacifier

Pram pusher

Story reader

The farm

wonderful person who i adore much xx


kid wrangler

An individual in her own right

Milk maker

Safe harbour



nit picker

Sleep watcher

a story teller

Happy, narky but delicious

cheque writer

food inventor

a writer

giggle maker, cuddle taker, happiness giver, each and every day I love motherhood

respirateur and goddess

Proud loving blessed

bump kisser

exam worrier

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

Public apologiser

Loving listener

family leader

my everything

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

endless endorser

Confidence provider

Enduring capacity for guilt

practising patient perserverance

Gentle protector


nose wiper

Always on the go!

Nappy changer

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Stumbling tweeting loon

Umbrella holder for life's showers

Hope I did it right ?

Rule maker

a missing our mum mum

snuggler and cuddler

hope I got it right ?

Care giver

like a good bottle of wine

Nightmare light

Monsters worst nightmare!

love gusher

fluffy hairer

fun magician

Fierce Protector

Brave, strong and mighty fine

Strong, tender, selfless

I am not what you think I am, I am so more than that.

keeper of promises

conscientious craziness controller.

Sorter outer, care-giver, listener and crafter, swim buddy, duck feeder, just gets dafter...

Occasional chocolate briber

secret biscuit eater

cuddle giver


food provider and cuddle giver

House keeper, Gate keeper and keeper of all sugary confection!

Giver of giggles

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

Sleepless survivor

They are all different

Cheek kisser

there and more

sofa den builder

Grief giver

carer of child

cuddle giver

the person who broke my phone

strain bearer

Taxi driver, cuddle giver, endless listener, forever learning and enjoying every moment of this neverending wondeful journey.

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

cuddle giver

patient tired hopeful

always being there

selfess strong succour

cuddles and giggles lead the way

there for everyone and puts herself last!

Discipline provider

Humble, self-examining, never give up-erer!

personal cheer-leader


What a Scream !

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

booby booby

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

Underpaid and overworked

Sugar addicted interpreter, Educator, Snuggler, Cheer leader, Guardian of the goodies, Creative comforter, Oscar worthy actress, Patient, Loving beyond words, Scrumptious Scruffbox, Over excitable, Have a go-er,

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

hand holder

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

problem solver

Always trying to get it right (even when we know we got it wrong)

Synchronous snorer


Love care

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

cream applyer


to have everything and not to have it

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

Warmth and Home

Nightmare comforter

Leftovers eater

24×7 customer service

dream giver

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

The singer not the song

Perfectly Imperfect

warrior worrier

late night tweeter

a lover of live

multi-tasker, referee, mediator, nurse, hug & kiss-giver, cook, waitress, washer, consoler, reader, event organiser, transporter, magician, supporter, problem solver and......rock.

Giver of life.

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

Nest builder

referee and general righter of wrongs

Beautiful, patient and selfless

love multiplier

Spider catcher

Support giver

control freak


life giver

stable and protector


Food maker

Peace Maker

paper-doll making, inspiration-seeking, quietly ambitious, devoted to the happiness of others

Tear wiper

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Wet wiper

Listener, teacher, protector

mystery game player

concerned about the young

One handed typist


The rock that never crumbles