Join our Mums' Poem

Release 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're asking 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 so far here.

The poem changes order whenever you refresh the page. We'd love you to add YOUR words.



bread baker knitting wrapping presents

Super sorter

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

booby booby

cuddle giver

Monsters worst nightmare!

Beautiful kindness

always there ..any time of day or night

Loving and understanding

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

Jack of all meals, master of none

singer of songs!


Occasional chocolate briber

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

Creative, home maker

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

late night tweeter

warrior worrier

Enduring capacity for guilt

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

Warmth and Home

love gusher

Support giver

The rock that never crumbles

Bed maker

cuddles and giggles lead the way

Role model

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

Singer of songs

Safe harbour

wonderful person who i adore much xx

Perfectly Imperfect

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


a story teller

Fierce Protector

endless endorser

24×7 customer service

Happy, narky but delicious


Rule maker

Brave, strong and mighty fine

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

Listener, teacher, protector

Proud loving blessed

to have everything and not to have it

there for everyone and puts herself last!

Creator of beauty

Umbrella holder for life's showers

food inventor

Sleep watcher

Wet wiper

exam worrier

family leader

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

Always on the go!

Discipline provider

Giver of life.

a writer

fluffy hairer

Stumbling tweeting loon

An individual in her own right

Child pacifier

Loving listener

excited explorer and amazed follower

personal cheer-leader

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

my everything

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

bump kisser

Underpaid and overworked

always being there

food maker, biscuit baker,

control freak

selfess strong succour

Public apologiser

hair sniffer

Sleepless survivor

dream giver

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments


Food maker

Story reader

mystery game player

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,

Synchronous snorer

practising patient perserverance

hope I got it right ?

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

secret biscuit eater

They are all different

Booby, kisses, cuddles

Hope I did it right ?

Leftovers eater

a lover of live

a missing our mum mum

conscientious craziness controller.

Nest builder

stable and protector

Gentle protector


referee and general righter of wrongs

Strong, tender, selfless

cream applyer

One handed typist


Cheek kisser

Love care

indescribably amazing

cheque writer

Problem Solver

cuddle giver

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

Milk maker

nose wiper

strain bearer

Tear wiper

Confidence provider

Little foot tickler

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

Grief giver

Pram pusher

The singer not the song

patient tired hopeful

nit picker


Peace Maker

nit picker

What a Scream !

kid wrangler

Nightmare comforter

snuggler and cuddler

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Spider catcher

life giver

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

there and more

keeper of promises

Nappy changer

cuddle giver

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

snot rag

They are all different

carer of child

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

Care giver



Beautiful, patient and selfless


like a good bottle of wine

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

hand holder

life and love teacher

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

Tummy tickler

The farm

food provider and cuddle giver

Carrier, Comforter, Protector


concerned about the young

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Nightmare light

fun magician

the person who broke my phone

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

love multiplier

problem solver

sofa den builder

Giver of giggles

respirateur and goddess