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.



Umbrella holder for life's showers

excited explorer and amazed follower



respirateur and goddess

there and more

Synchronous snorer

The rock that never crumbles

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

a story teller

Sleep watcher

food provider and cuddle giver

mystery game player

Enduring capacity for guilt

practising patient perserverance

there for everyone and puts herself last!

Nightmare light

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Listener, teacher, protector

hair sniffer

The farm

Booby, kisses, cuddles

life giver