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.



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

Problem Solver

Booby, kisses, cuddles

Stumbling tweeting loon

Safe harbour

always there ..any time of day or night

nose wiper


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

Peace Maker

booby booby

food maker, biscuit baker,

Beautiful kindness

to have everything and not to have it

cuddles and giggles lead the way

exam worrier

the person who broke my phone

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

Rule maker

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

fun magician

bump kisser

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

Pram pusher