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.



conscientious craziness controller.

to have everything and not to have it


Creative, home maker

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

Nappy changer

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Tummy tickler

cuddle giver

Child pacifier

Pram pusher

Milk maker


They are all different

cuddle giver

Monsters worst nightmare!

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

Food maker

warrior worrier

Leftovers eater

Synchronous snorer

Proud loving blessed

What a Scream !

exam worrier