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.



nose wiper

The farm

Support giver

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

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

cuddles and giggles lead the way

nit picker

Perfectly Imperfect

cheque writer

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Loving listener

the person who broke my phone


stable and protector

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

24×7 customer service

Tummy tickler

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

Underpaid and overworked

Loving and understanding

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Problem Solver

food provider and cuddle giver