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.



The singer not the song

Beautiful, patient and selfless

Tear wiper

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

cuddles and giggles lead the way

food provider and cuddle giver

a story teller

to have everything and not to have it

Nest builder

stable and protector

singer of songs!

booby booby

life giver

Tummy tickler

Singer of songs


I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Proud loving blessed

Sleep watcher

Synchronous snorer

Support giver

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

Booby, kisses, cuddles

nose wiper

Wet wiper

sofa den builder

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

practising patient perserverance

Giver of life.

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

a writer

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

concerned about the young

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

Creator of beauty


endless endorser

The rock that never crumbles

Loving and understanding

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

secret biscuit eater

strain bearer

Food maker

problem solver

respirateur and goddess

What a Scream !

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

love gusher

snuggler and cuddler


Peace Maker

Hope I did it right ?

The farm

always there ..any time of day or night

Story reader

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

Role model


warrior worrier

carer of child

cheque writer

Care giver

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

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,

Confidence provider

Leftovers eater

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

They are all different

Nightmare comforter

Beautiful kindness

there for everyone and puts herself last!

fun magician

family leader

personal cheer-leader

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

referee and general righter of wrongs

Perfectly Imperfect

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

Always on the go!

Sleepless survivor

Happy, narky but delicious

keeper of promises

a missing our mum mum

Listener, teacher, protector

Cheek kisser

Twitter addicted tea drinker

life and love teacher

food maker, biscuit baker,

excited explorer and amazed follower

medication measurer, giver, worrier.


Public apologiser

cuddle giver

Enduring capacity for guilt


selfess strong succour

my everything

Love care

cuddle giver

Giver of giggles

Monsters worst nightmare!

Fierce Protector

Safe harbour

bread baker knitting wrapping presents


Little foot tickler

patient tired hopeful

Nightmare light

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

the person who broke my phone

snot rag

bump kisser

nit picker

Bed maker

a lover of live

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

Stumbling tweeting loon


wonderful person who i adore much xx

Underpaid and overworked

Gentle protector

hair sniffer

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

Rule maker

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

kid wrangler

control freak

Creative, home maker

Brave, strong and mighty fine

cream applyer


Occasional chocolate briber

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

indescribably amazing

Spider catcher


Jack of all meals, master of none

always being there

like a good bottle of wine

Discipline provider

Pram pusher

One handed typist

Loving listener

nit picker

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

fluffy hairer

hope I got it right ?

Grief giver

An individual in her own right

Warmth and Home

food inventor

cuddle giver

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

late night tweeter

24×7 customer service

Child pacifier

Nappy changer

hand holder

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

dream giver

Strong, tender, selfless

Problem Solver


Super sorter

conscientious craziness controller.

there and more

They are all different

Milk maker

love multiplier

mystery game player

Umbrella holder for life's showers

exam worrier