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.



Beautiful Loving Cuddler

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

hope I got it right ?

dream giver


respirateur and goddess

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

I like mummy because mummy likes me.


nit picker


Monsters worst nightmare!

fluffy hairer


Tummy tickler

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,

Warmth and Home



medication measurer, giver, worrier.

snot rag

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

Child pacifier

to have everything and not to have it

warrior worrier

Synchronous snorer

Nightmare comforter

Always on the go!

life and love teacher

mystery game player

What a Scream !

The farm

Singer of songs

Creative, home maker

Super sorter


nose wiper

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

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


Nest builder

family leader

late night tweeter

Bed maker

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

Public apologiser

Sleepless survivor

Gentle protector

problem solver

food maker, biscuit baker,

Problem Solver


Beautiful kindness

Creator of beauty

control freak

Leftovers eater

The rock that never crumbles

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

Twitter addicted tea drinker

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

food provider and cuddle giver

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

always being there

Enduring capacity for guilt


food inventor

Grief giver

Spider catcher

practising patient perserverance

there for everyone and puts herself last!

keeper of promises

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

Wet wiper

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

concerned about the young

Underpaid and overworked

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

nit picker

Story reader

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Tear wiper

Pram pusher

secret biscuit eater

life giver

patient tired hopeful

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

stable and protector

kid wrangler

snuggler and cuddler

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

the person who broke my phone

Loving listener

my everything

personal cheer-leader

Giver of life.

Little foot tickler

love gusher

fun magician

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

a missing our mum mum

excited explorer and amazed follower

cheque writer

exam worrier

Care giver

Occasional chocolate briber

cream applyer

like a good bottle of wine

They are all different

cuddle giver

wonderful person who i adore much xx

indescribably amazing

Stumbling tweeting loon

a writer

cuddle giver

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

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

Confidence provider

An individual in her own right

They are all different

Jack of all meals, master of none

Food maker

Nappy changer

conscientious craziness controller.

endless endorser

a lover of live

booby booby

Rule maker

cuddles and giggles lead the way

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

The singer not the song

cuddle giver

Perfectly Imperfect

Nightmare light

One handed typist

Booby, kisses, cuddles

24×7 customer service

sofa den builder

Brave, strong and mighty fine

Fierce Protector

Milk maker

Beautiful, patient and selfless

Hope I did it right ?

carer of child

Safe harbour

Loving and understanding

Love care

a story teller

Sleep watcher

singer of songs!

there and more

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

hair sniffer

bump kisser

Peace Maker

hand holder

Strong, tender, selfless

Discipline provider


Support giver

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

strain bearer

selfess strong succour

Umbrella holder for life's showers

Listener, teacher, protector

Giver of giggles

referee and general righter of wrongs

Role model

always there ..any time of day or night

Cheek kisser

love multiplier

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Happy, narky but delicious

Proud loving blessed