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.



Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

wonderful person who i adore much xx

Gentle protector

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

Rule maker

24×7 customer service

Warmth and Home

Tummy tickler

The farm

always there ..any time of day or night

Discipline provider

nit picker

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Loving and understanding

food provider and cuddle giver

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Leftovers eater

keeper of promises

the person who broke my phone


Nest builder

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

always being there

sofa den builder

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

Listener, teacher, protector

Proud loving blessed

Creative, home maker

a missing our mum mum

family leader

Safe harbour


conscientious craziness controller.

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

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

carer of child

Nappy changer

fluffy hairer

Care giver

Perfectly Imperfect

Bed maker

Synchronous snorer

referee and general righter of wrongs

singer of songs!


secret biscuit eater

Creator of beauty

like a good bottle of wine

food maker, biscuit baker,

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Underpaid and overworked

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

stable and protector

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

a lover of live

hair sniffer

a story teller

Peace Maker

Tear wiper

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Little foot tickler

nose wiper

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

Cheek kisser

Grief giver

Pram pusher

life giver

selfess strong succour

Occasional chocolate briber

Beautiful, patient and selfless

Loving listener

respirateur and goddess

Jack of all meals, master of none

Fierce Protector

Strong, tender, selfless

cheque writer

Sleepless survivor


endless endorser

warrior worrier


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

love multiplier

cream applyer

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,

hand holder

Nightmare light

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

Monsters worst nightmare!

indescribably amazing

snot rag

Food maker

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

The rock that never crumbles

practising patient perserverance

to have everything and not to have it

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

nit picker

What a Scream !

food inventor

exam worrier

Confidence provider

Child pacifier

Hope I did it right ?

Love care

strain bearer

Stumbling tweeting loon

Enduring capacity for guilt

kid wrangler

Singer of songs

mystery game player

love gusher

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

Wet wiper

life and love teacher

Beautiful kindness

cuddle giver

They are all different

hope I got it right ?

booby booby

problem solver

cuddle giver

Problem Solver

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

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

late night tweeter


Story reader

Booby, kisses, cuddles


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

control freak

The singer not the song

Always on the go!

Support giver

Giver of giggles


Giver of life.

snuggler and cuddler

dream giver

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

patient tired hopeful

Spider catcher

fun magician

bump kisser

Sleep watcher

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

An individual in her own right

Super sorter

there for everyone and puts herself last!

excited explorer and amazed follower

Umbrella holder for life's showers

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

cuddle giver

there and more

Brave, strong and mighty fine

Public apologiser


my everything

Role model

cuddles and giggles lead the way

Nightmare comforter


concerned about the young


One handed typist

They are all different

personal cheer-leader

a writer

Milk maker

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

Happy, narky but delicious