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.



practising patient perserverance

Warmth and Home

Little foot tickler

warrior worrier

Care giver

hand holder

Sleep watcher

Always on the go!

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

patient tired hopeful

problem solver

secret biscuit eater


Milk maker

Public apologiser

One handed typist

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

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

indescribably amazing

Strong, tender, selfless


food maker, biscuit baker,

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

Confidence provider

to have everything and not to have it

always being there

nit picker


Cheek kisser

An individual in her own right

The singer not the song

Creator of beauty

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

a lover of live

cheque writer

a missing our mum mum

Stumbling tweeting loon

referee and general righter of wrongs

singer of songs!

Role model

mystery game player

Story reader

Leftovers eater

Occasional chocolate briber

Discipline provider

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

Safe harbour

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

control freak

Tummy tickler

Food maker

Grief giver

Nightmare comforter

the person who broke my phone

Support giver


my everything

Hope I did it right ?

Carrier, Comforter, Protector


Fierce Protector

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

food inventor

cuddle giver

Nappy changer

They are all different

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

Peace Maker

Child pacifier

Jack of all meals, master of none

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

cream applyer

love multiplier

Listener, teacher, protector

Sleepless survivor

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

Wet wiper

Giver of giggles

Rule maker

concerned about the young

keeper of promises

family leader

life giver

Perfectly Imperfect

snuggler and cuddler

They are all different


24×7 customer service

there and more

Pram pusher

Creative, home maker

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

Beautiful, patient and selfless

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

Twitter addicted tea drinker

cuddles and giggles lead the way

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,

selfess strong succour

there for everyone and puts herself last!

Super sorter

excited explorer and amazed follower

The rock that never crumbles

Nightmare light

a writer

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

nose wiper

What a Scream !

kid wrangler

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

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


personal cheer-leader

snot rag

Giver of life.

Happy, narky but delicious

Underpaid and overworked

always there ..any time of day or night

Loving and understanding

carer of child

cuddle giver

Bed maker


Loving listener


booby booby

Booby, kisses, cuddles

Enduring capacity for guilt

Singer of songs

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

fluffy hairer

life and love teacher

Monsters worst nightmare!

Gentle protector

The farm

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

conscientious craziness controller.

food provider and cuddle giver

Umbrella holder for life's showers

stable and protector

a story teller

bump kisser

Synchronous snorer

hope I got it right ?

respirateur and goddess

Problem Solver

cuddle giver

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

late night tweeter

wonderful person who i adore much xx

Tear wiper

Spider catcher


exam worrier

Nest builder

endless endorser

sofa den builder

Love care

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

Proud loving blessed

strain bearer

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

Brave, strong and mighty fine

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

nit picker

love gusher


dream giver

like a good bottle of wine

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

fun magician

Beautiful kindness

hair sniffer