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.



Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

exam worrier

The farm

Underpaid and overworked

secret biscuit eater


fun magician

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

fluffy hairer

hand holder

life giver

Tear wiper


late night tweeter

respirateur and goddess

patient tired hopeful


NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

there for everyone and puts herself last!

Singer of songs

excited explorer and amazed follower

cheque writer

Umbrella holder for life's showers

Grief giver

Super sorter

a writer

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

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

Pram pusher

Discipline provider

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

food maker, biscuit baker,



under-appreciated and adored at the same time

like a good bottle of wine

snuggler and cuddler

cuddles and giggles lead the way

Public apologiser

Hope I did it right ?

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

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

hair sniffer

wonderful person who i adore much xx

Listener, teacher, protector

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

Nest builder

Milk maker

control freak

life and love teacher

Creator of beauty

keeper of promises

Role model


booby booby

Monsters worst nightmare!

Nightmare light

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

Spider catcher

Perfectly Imperfect

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Giver of giggles

hope I got it right ?

Sleep watcher

always there ..any time of day or night

strain bearer

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

Love care


cuddle giver

Booby, kisses, cuddles



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


Creative, home maker

Enduring capacity for guilt

Problem Solver

Gentle protector

a missing our mum mum

kid wrangler

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Beautiful, patient and selfless

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,

dream giver

conscientious craziness controller.

family leader

endless endorser

Always on the go!

Synchronous snorer

cuddle giver

Tummy tickler

Confidence provider


They are all different

Food maker

love multiplier

food inventor

stable and protector

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

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

Happy, narky but delicious

practising patient perserverance

bump kisser

the person who broke my phone

carer of child

always being there

Jack of all meals, master of none

concerned about the young

problem solver

nose wiper

24×7 customer service

Strong, tender, selfless

They are all different

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

snot rag

a lover of live

warrior worrier

Child pacifier

Wet wiper

love gusher

singer of songs!

Loving and understanding

Bed maker

One handed typist

The singer not the song

Loving listener

there and more

Nappy changer

nit picker

Care giver

my everything

cream applyer

Proud loving blessed

Story reader

to have everything and not to have it

Sleepless survivor

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

Safe harbour

What a Scream !

Stumbling tweeting loon

food provider and cuddle giver

selfess strong succour

mystery game player

Giver of life.

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

Beautiful kindness

sofa den builder

Peace Maker

Little foot tickler

An individual in her own right

Brave, strong and mighty fine

referee and general righter of wrongs

Nightmare comforter

Occasional chocolate briber

cuddle giver

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

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

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

personal cheer-leader

Leftovers eater

Fierce Protector

indescribably amazing

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

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Cheek kisser

Rule maker

Warmth and Home

Support giver

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

nit picker

a story teller

The rock that never crumbles