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.



Gentle protector

Jack of all meals, master of none

singer of songs!

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

love gusher

Occasional chocolate briber

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

Happy, narky but delicious

Child pacifier

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


NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Listener, teacher, protector

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

The farm

hand holder

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

Care giver

a missing our mum mum

personal cheer-leader

life giver

carer of child

Booby, kisses, cuddles

under-appreciated and adored at the same time