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.



magic boogie-queen amazing cook

Public apologiser

cheque writer

Support giver

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

The farm

control freak

Hope I did it right ?

Confidence provider

What a Scream !

They are all different

cuddle giver

Discipline provider

hair sniffer

warrior worrier

Leftovers eater

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Pram pusher


Tear wiper

dream giver

keeper of promises

Perfectly Imperfect

Nightmare comforter

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

Listener, teacher, protector


Synchronous snorer

bump kisser

there for everyone and puts herself last!

Brave, strong and mighty fine

exam worrier

the person who broke my phone

Nest builder

like a good bottle of wine

snuggler and cuddler

endless endorser


Rule maker

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

respirateur and goddess

Occasional chocolate briber

life giver

They are all different

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

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

Super sorter

Story reader

Tummy tickler

nit picker

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

family leader

carer of child

Spider catcher

Giver of life.


Peace Maker

Creator of beauty

cuddles and giggles lead the way

always being there


Warmth and Home

food provider and cuddle giver

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

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

Sleepless survivor

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Child pacifier

nit picker

Jack of all meals, master of none

Care giver

patient tired hopeful

Safe harbour

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

conscientious craziness controller.

Proud loving blessed


Beautiful kindness



practising patient perserverance

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Giver of giggles

snot rag

selfess strong succour

Nappy changer

Monsters worst nightmare!

to have everything and not to have it

Singer of songs

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

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

Umbrella holder for life's showers

One handed typist

Enduring capacity for guilt

cuddle giver

Gentle protector

Milk maker

Little foot tickler

Creative, home maker

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

wonderful person who i adore much xx

Bed maker

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

indescribably amazing

An individual in her own right

there and more

a lover of live

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,

Happy, narky but delicious

The singer not the song

Nightmare light

kid wrangler

Underpaid and overworked

strain bearer

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

food maker, biscuit baker,

personal cheer-leader

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

fluffy hairer

Sleep watcher

Food maker


mystery game player

food inventor

love gusher

Fierce Protector

Beautiful, patient and selfless

sofa den builder

referee and general righter of wrongs

Wet wiper

fun magician

cuddle giver

Stumbling tweeting loon

Twitter addicted tea drinker

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

my everything

The rock that never crumbles

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

Loving listener

Loving and understanding

secret biscuit eater

always there ..any time of day or night

love multiplier

Role model

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

a missing our mum mum


Strong, tender, selfless

Booby, kisses, cuddles

cream applyer

a writer

a story teller

booby booby

Love care

late night tweeter

Problem Solver

problem solver

stable and protector

24×7 customer service

hope I got it right ?

concerned about the young

hand holder

Grief giver

Cheek kisser

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

excited explorer and amazed follower

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

life and love teacher

singer of songs!


Always on the go!

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

nose wiper