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.



secret biscuit eater

The rock that never crumbles

fun magician

Creative, home maker

Twitter addicted tea drinker

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

Beautiful kindness

always being there

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


Sleep watcher

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

keeper of promises

Nappy changer

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

Carrier, Comforter, Protector



Enduring capacity for guilt

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Giver of life.

to have everything and not to have it

endless endorser

Brave, strong and mighty fine