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.



Public apologiser

life giver

secret biscuit eater

food maker, biscuit baker,

warrior worrier

Proud loving blessed

cuddle giver

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Cheek kisser

Occasional chocolate briber

Spider catcher

Sleep watcher

Nightmare light

always being there


Fierce Protector

Giver of life.

Bed maker

Problem Solver

Creative, home maker

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

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

a writer

Jack of all meals, master of none

sofa den builder

The singer not the song

nit picker

cream applyer

The farm

The rock that never crumbles

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

Nightmare comforter

Always on the go!

exam worrier

fluffy hairer



to have everything and not to have it

Stumbling tweeting loon

Umbrella holder for life's showers

fun magician

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


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

mystery game player

cheque writer

Sleepless survivor

my everything

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

cuddle giver

Happy, narky but delicious

snuggler and cuddler

Synchronous snorer

conscientious craziness controller.

wonderful person who i adore much xx

Tear wiper


hand holder

hair sniffer

carer of child

always there ..any time of day or night


cuddle giver

stable and protector

endless endorser

Food maker

snot rag

nose wiper

Leftovers eater

Confidence provider

Discipline provider

Underpaid and overworked

referee and general righter of wrongs

They are all different

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Rule maker

cuddles and giggles lead the way

love multiplier

strain bearer

Peace Maker

hope I got it right ?

Nappy changer

Grief giver

excited explorer and amazed follower

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

Wet wiper

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

bump kisser

kid wrangler

Strong, tender, selfless

there for everyone and puts herself last!

booby booby

Beautiful kindness

Milk maker

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making


a lover of live

They are all different

An individual in her own right

Monsters worst nightmare!

keeper of promises

Perfectly Imperfect

love gusher

Listener, teacher, protector

Little foot tickler

indescribably amazing

concerned about the young

Booby, kisses, cuddles

Nest builder

Gentle protector

Love care

Warmth and Home


One handed typist

like a good bottle of wine

Pram pusher

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

problem solver

life and love teacher

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

control freak

Creator of beauty

Twitter addicted tea drinker

selfess strong succour

dream giver

Child pacifier

singer of songs!

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

Singer of songs

a story teller

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

Tummy tickler

Super sorter

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

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,

family leader

Enduring capacity for guilt

personal cheer-leader


patient tired hopeful

Care giver

Hope I did it right ?

respirateur and goddess

24×7 customer service

there and more

Story reader

nit picker

Loving and understanding

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts


Carrier, Comforter, Protector

the person who broke my phone

Support giver


bread baker knitting wrapping presents

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

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

Brave, strong and mighty fine

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

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

food provider and cuddle giver

What a Scream !

late night tweeter

Loving listener

food inventor

Safe harbour

Beautiful, patient and selfless

a missing our mum mum

Role model

Giver of giggles

practising patient perserverance