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.



Sleep watcher

Role model

indescribably amazing

life and love teacher

Occasional chocolate briber

excited explorer and amazed follower

endless endorser

Leftovers eater

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



Loving and understanding

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

kid wrangler

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

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

Jack of all meals, master of none

nit picker

The singer not the song

cream applyer

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

a story teller

keeper of promises

Child pacifier

Discipline provider

Stumbling tweeting loon

concerned about the young

Listener, teacher, protector

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

there for everyone and puts herself last!

Tear wiper

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

Nightmare comforter

problem solver

I like mummy because mummy likes me.


Beautiful Loving Cuddler

sofa den builder

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

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

Grief giver

Super sorter

Monsters worst nightmare!

fun magician

They are all different

referee and general righter of wrongs

Problem Solver

Support giver

strain bearer

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

The farm

Giver of life.

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

a missing our mum mum

cuddles and giggles lead the way

They are all different


Creative, home maker

Safe harbour

like a good bottle of wine

Tummy tickler

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

love gusher



snot rag

Care giver

Spider catcher

booby booby

control freak

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

cuddle giver

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Milk maker

Loving listener

hope I got it right ?

Pram pusher

Perfectly Imperfect

Fierce Protector

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

24×7 customer service

a writer

always being there

cheque writer

wonderful person who i adore much xx

Creator of beauty

always there ..any time of day or night


magic boogie-queen amazing cook

Warmth and Home

Happy, narky but delicious

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


Always on the go!

What a Scream !

food inventor

Wet wiper

Food maker

An individual in her own right

selfess strong succour

Nappy changer

Cheek kisser

Brave, strong and mighty fine

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

Giver of giggles

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

conscientious craziness controller.

a lover of live

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

cuddle giver

Booby, kisses, cuddles

dream giver

the person who broke my phone

Strong, tender, selfless

love multiplier

food provider and cuddle giver


Beautiful kindness

cuddle giver

secret biscuit eater

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Carrier, Comforter, Protector


Public apologiser

The rock that never crumbles

late night tweeter

Beautiful, patient and selfless

Sleepless survivor

Singer of songs

Synchronous snorer

Confidence provider

singer of songs!

there and more

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

to have everything and not to have it

patient tired hopeful


Underpaid and overworked

snuggler and cuddler

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

bump kisser

One handed typist

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,

life giver

Rule maker

Gentle protector

Little foot tickler

hand holder

Umbrella holder for life's showers

carer of child

warrior worrier

personal cheer-leader

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

Love care

Nest builder

stable and protector

respirateur and goddess

Bed maker

Peace Maker

hair sniffer

practising patient perserverance

Hope I did it right ?

exam worrier

Proud loving blessed

Story reader

food maker, biscuit baker,

nit picker

nose wiper

mystery game player

fluffy hairer

Nightmare light

my everything

Enduring capacity for guilt

family leader