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.



life giver

my everything

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

there and more

cuddle giver

nit picker

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

a missing our mum mum

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

a writer

Super sorter

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

kid wrangler

Beautiful, patient and selfless

Always on the go!

love multiplier

Stumbling tweeting loon

Synchronous snorer

booby booby

Cheek kisser

keeper of promises

Sleep watcher

Jack of all meals, master of none


hair sniffer

Strong, tender, selfless

One handed typist

Story reader

The rock that never crumbles

dream giver

An individual in her own right

secret biscuit eater

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

Discipline provider

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

Giver of giggles

a lover of live

Happy, narky but delicious

Support giver

selfess strong succour



practising patient perserverance

control freak

like a good bottle of wine

Leftovers eater

Giver of life.

there for everyone and puts herself last!

mystery game player

indescribably amazing

exam worrier

Problem Solver

Singer of songs

late night tweeter

Public apologiser

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

Occasional chocolate briber

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

Rule maker

Spider catcher

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

Bed maker

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

Underpaid and overworked

bump kisser

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Nightmare light

They are all different

strain bearer

personal cheer-leader

What a Scream !

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

Nappy changer

24×7 customer service

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.


carer of child

fun magician

referee and general righter of wrongs

Beautiful kindness

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

Peace Maker

Umbrella holder for life's showers


They are all different

Brave, strong and mighty fine

Love care

Creative, home maker


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

life and love teacher

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

to have everything and not to have it

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,

food provider and cuddle giver

Confidence provider

a story teller

snuggler and cuddler

snot rag

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

Tummy tickler

excited explorer and amazed follower

respirateur and goddess

Sleepless survivor

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

food maker, biscuit baker,

Nightmare comforter

nit picker

Warmth and Home


Fierce Protector

Pram pusher

hope I got it right ?

Grief giver

patient tired hopeful

Nest builder

always there ..any time of day or night

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...


wonderful person who i adore much xx

always being there

Creator of beauty


Booby, kisses, cuddles

The singer not the song

Hope I did it right ?

problem solver


Milk maker

The farm

Proud loving blessed

Child pacifier

stable and protector

nose wiper

Gentle protector

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Enduring capacity for guilt

the person who broke my phone

cheque writer

Perfectly Imperfect

singer of songs!

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

cuddles and giggles lead the way

Safe harbour

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Care giver

Listener, teacher, protector

conscientious craziness controller.

Loving and understanding

concerned about the young

food inventor

cream applyer

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

Wet wiper

endless endorser

warrior worrier

Little foot tickler

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

family leader

cuddle giver

Monsters worst nightmare!

hand holder

fluffy hairer

Tear wiper

Loving listener

love gusher


Food maker

cuddle giver

sofa den builder

Role model