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.



excited explorer and amazed follower

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

food provider and cuddle giver

Beautiful kindness

conscientious craziness controller.

Role model

Nightmare comforter

a missing our mum mum

patient tired hopeful

Monsters worst nightmare!

Problem Solver

Wet wiper

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

secret biscuit eater

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


personal cheer-leader

nit picker

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

Warmth and Home

Synchronous snorer



keeper of promises