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.



Little foot tickler

Food maker

Loving and understanding

Synchronous snorer

Child pacifier

respirateur and goddess

fluffy hairer

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

Super sorter

referee and general righter of wrongs

Care giver

Loving listener


cuddles and giggles lead the way

to have everything and not to have it

Underpaid and overworked

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Leftovers eater

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.


I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Spider catcher

Enduring capacity for guilt

Umbrella holder for life's showers

love gusher

cuddle giver

Peace Maker

cuddle giver

Always on the go!

Giver of giggles

Tear wiper

strain bearer

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

Monsters worst nightmare!

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

there and more

concerned about the young

They are all different

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

Discipline provider

The singer not the song

Confidence provider

Safe harbour

Occasional chocolate briber


glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

patient tired hopeful

The rock that never crumbles

control freak

Proud loving blessed

late night tweeter


Stumbling tweeting loon

Milk maker

always there ..any time of day or night

nose wiper

a lover of live

Twitter addicted tea drinker

exam worrier

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

hand holder

Nightmare comforter

Perfectly Imperfect

Sleepless survivor

24×7 customer service

Listener, teacher, protector

practising patient perserverance

hair sniffer


Nest builder

dream giver

Role model

Cheek kisser

conscientious craziness controller.

snot rag

secret biscuit eater

sofa den builder

Wet wiper

the person who broke my phone

carer of child

endless endorser

stable and protector

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

a writer


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

keeper of promises

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

a missing our mum mum

warrior worrier


Sleep watcher


Giver of life.

cheque writer

An individual in her own right

Creator of beauty

Story reader

problem solver

Singer of songs

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

Hope I did it right ?

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

Happy, narky but delicious

Gentle protector

Public apologiser

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

Rule maker

cream applyer

food maker, biscuit baker,

family leader


there for everyone and puts herself last!

a story teller

bump kisser

Creative, home maker

hope I got it right ?

personal cheer-leader

Pram pusher


like a good bottle of wine

What a Scream !

They are all different

Brave, strong and mighty fine

Problem Solver

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

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

nit picker

Jack of all meals, master of none

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

Tummy tickler


excited explorer and amazed follower

always being there

Beautiful kindness

The farm

indescribably amazing

Love care

fun magician

Support giver

food provider and cuddle giver

selfess strong succour

Strong, tender, selfless

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

Nightmare light

mystery game player

food inventor

life giver

singer of songs!

Nappy changer

snuggler and cuddler

kid wrangler

Bed maker

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

booby booby

Warmth and Home

Grief giver

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Booby, kisses, cuddles

wonderful person who i adore much xx

cuddle giver

nit picker

my everything

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,

love multiplier

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

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

Beautiful, patient and selfless

One handed typist

life and love teacher

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Fierce Protector