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.



medication measurer, giver, worrier.

Bed maker

bump kisser

cream applyer

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

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

booby booby

family leader


Giver of giggles

An individual in her own right

Giver of life.

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

One handed typist

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas


nose wiper

Enduring capacity for guilt

love multiplier

the person who broke my phone

Listener, teacher, protector

Love care

The rock that never crumbles

singer of songs!

Role model

cuddle giver

a writer

Cheek kisser

Tear wiper

hair sniffer

Tummy tickler



Underpaid and overworked

Food maker

Public apologiser

Hope I did it right ?

Discipline provider

Milk maker

dream giver


cuddle giver

food inventor

always there ..any time of day or night

life and love teacher

endless endorser

mystery game player

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

strain bearer

kid wrangler

Confidence provider

Proud loving blessed

Care giver

snuggler and cuddler

Loving and understanding

warrior worrier

keeper of promises

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

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

Support giver

cuddles and giggles lead the way

there for everyone and puts herself last!

Story reader


exam worrier

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

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

Beautiful, patient and selfless

hope I got it right ?

carer of child

Stumbling tweeting loon

Creative, home maker

selfess strong succour

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Synchronous snorer

nit picker

Safe harbour

Jack of all meals, master of none

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


stable and protector

Brave, strong and mighty fine

to have everything and not to have it

Nightmare light


What a Scream !

nit picker

my everything

Little foot tickler

referee and general righter of wrongs

secret biscuit eater

Super sorter

late night tweeter

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

Nest builder

practising patient perserverance

Umbrella holder for life's showers

patient tired hopeful

a missing our mum mum

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

Wet wiper

cuddle giver

food maker, biscuit baker,

Creator of beauty

Loving listener


Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

24×7 customer service

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

fluffy hairer

control freak

Singer of songs

Occasional chocolate briber

Booby, kisses, cuddles

always being there

conscientious craziness controller.

Warmth and Home

Perfectly Imperfect

there and more

Sleep watcher

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

snot rag

a story teller

fun magician

love gusher

cheque writer

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

wonderful person who i adore much xx

The farm

indescribably amazing

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,

Monsters worst nightmare!

life giver

a lover of live

Problem Solver

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

Gentle protector

They are all different

personal cheer-leader

Strong, tender, selfless

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

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

Twitter addicted tea drinker

respirateur and goddess

Peace Maker

They are all different

Child pacifier

Nightmare comforter

Fierce Protector

Always on the go!

food provider and cuddle giver

Beautiful kindness

hand holder


Sleepless survivor

excited explorer and amazed follower

Spider catcher

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

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Happy, narky but delicious

sofa den builder

Nappy changer

Rule maker

Pram pusher

problem solver

Leftovers eater

under-appreciated and adored at the same time


The singer not the song

like a good bottle of wine

concerned about the young

Grief giver