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.



Always on the go!

wonderful person who i adore much xx

a missing our mum mum

love gusher

selfess strong succour

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

Love care

24×7 customer service

cream applyer

Public apologiser

The singer not the song

a story teller

hand holder

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Problem Solver

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Tummy tickler

fun magician

Pram pusher


snot rag

Monsters worst nightmare!

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

Leftovers eater

problem solver


Underpaid and overworked

The farm


An individual in her own right

cuddle giver

Wet wiper

cuddle giver

Strong, tender, selfless

Jack of all meals, master of none

hope I got it right ?

referee and general righter of wrongs

Food maker

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,

Sleepless survivor


Grief giver

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

always there ..any time of day or night

singer of songs!


under-appreciated and adored at the same time

stable and protector

a writer

Happy, narky but delicious

Beautiful kindness

patient tired hopeful

Giver of life.

Role model

there and more

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

a lover of live

life giver

Little foot tickler

Support giver

Warmth and Home

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

Hope I did it right ?

Nest builder

Super sorter

cuddle giver


strain bearer

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

Peace Maker

late night tweeter

Proud loving blessed

Sleep watcher

sofa den builder

Loving and understanding

practising patient perserverance

my everything

Nappy changer

Singer of songs

to have everything and not to have it

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

like a good bottle of wine

Beautiful, patient and selfless

food maker, biscuit baker,

concerned about the young

Story reader

keeper of promises

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

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Spider catcher

Gentle protector

The rock that never crumbles

respirateur and goddess

Creator of beauty

Perfectly Imperfect

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Umbrella holder for life's showers


endless endorser

conscientious craziness controller.

Safe harbour

One handed typist

life and love teacher

Loving listener

dream giver

booby booby

Listener, teacher, protector

Rule maker

food inventor


Tear wiper

love multiplier

They are all different

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


Fierce Protector


fluffy hairer

excited explorer and amazed follower

control freak

the person who broke my phone

cheque writer

Cheek kisser

indescribably amazing

Creative, home maker

always being there

secret biscuit eater

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

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

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

hair sniffer

cuddles and giggles lead the way

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

Booby, kisses, cuddles

Stumbling tweeting loon

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

snuggler and cuddler

bump kisser

kid wrangler

there for everyone and puts herself last!

Giver of giggles

food provider and cuddle giver

Occasional chocolate briber

carer of child

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

warrior worrier

What a Scream !

mystery game player

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

Confidence provider

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

Bed maker

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

personal cheer-leader

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

nit picker

Enduring capacity for guilt

Nightmare light

Nightmare comforter

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

nit picker

exam worrier

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

Child pacifier

Synchronous snorer

family leader

Care giver

nose wiper

They are all different


Milk maker

Brave, strong and mighty fine

Discipline provider