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.



dream giver

keeper of promises

booby booby

Warmth and Home

Cheek kisser

fun magician

control freak

mystery game player

What a Scream !

excited explorer and amazed follower

Nappy changer

a writer

Sleep watcher

nose wiper

cream applyer

Discipline provider

strain bearer

snot rag

a missing our mum mum

Giver of giggles

Confidence provider

Tear wiper

Super sorter

Twitter addicted tea drinker

always there ..any time of day or night

like a good bottle of wine

singer of songs!

endless endorser


Beautiful, patient and selfless

nit picker

Care giver

Enduring capacity for guilt


hope I got it right ?

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

food inventor

The singer not the song

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

sofa den builder

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

kid wrangler

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

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

Giver of life.

Strong, tender, selfless

Fierce Protector

a story teller

nit picker

Beautiful kindness

Role model

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

Proud loving blessed

Peace Maker

wonderful person who i adore much xx

selfess strong succour

Nightmare comforter

there and more


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,

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

Beautiful Loving Cuddler



stable and protector

Spider catcher

Stumbling tweeting loon

late night tweeter

Creator of beauty

Loving and understanding

practising patient perserverance

Booby, kisses, cuddles

They are all different

cuddle giver

Creative, home maker

Tummy tickler

Jack of all meals, master of none


to have everything and not to have it

personal cheer-leader

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

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

secret biscuit eater

Safe harbour

indescribably amazing


always being there

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

carer of child


Rule maker

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

cuddle giver

cuddles and giggles lead the way

Happy, narky but delicious

fluffy hairer


24×7 customer service

Brave, strong and mighty fine

Sleepless survivor

Synchronous snorer

Public apologiser

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

Nightmare light

Little foot tickler

Listener, teacher, protector

Milk maker

Underpaid and overworked

food provider and cuddle giver

exam worrier

Child pacifier

Gentle protector


Umbrella holder for life's showers

Nest builder

family leader

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Occasional chocolate briber


there for everyone and puts herself last!

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

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

Bed maker

The farm

Problem Solver

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

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

The rock that never crumbles

Food maker

An individual in her own right

life giver

bump kisser

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

a lover of live

snuggler and cuddler

cheque writer

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

One handed typist

hair sniffer

my everything

Always on the go!

the person who broke my phone

Love care

cuddle giver

Loving listener

referee and general righter of wrongs

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

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

warrior worrier

food maker, biscuit baker,

patient tired hopeful

Story reader

respirateur and goddess

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

They are all different

Leftovers eater

Hope I did it right ?

Singer of songs

Perfectly Imperfect

concerned about the young

hand holder

Grief giver

life and love teacher

love gusher

problem solver

Support giver

love multiplier

Monsters worst nightmare!

Pram pusher

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

conscientious craziness controller.

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

Wet wiper