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.



food maker, biscuit baker,

food provider and cuddle giver

selfess strong succour

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

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

Cheek kisser

dream giver

Brave, strong and mighty fine

Pram pusher

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

Proud loving blessed

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

Strong, tender, selfless

Warmth and Home

Creator of beauty

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

love gusher

Grief giver

sofa den builder

The rock that never crumbles

conscientious craziness controller.

Role model

cuddle giver

a lover of live

An individual in her own right

problem solver

practising patient perserverance


Little foot tickler

Rule maker

Singer of songs

The farm

Milk maker

Nightmare comforter

hair sniffer

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

Underpaid and overworked


Stumbling tweeting loon

keeper of promises

Occasional chocolate briber

One handed typist

the person who broke my phone

kid wrangler

Beautiful, patient and selfless

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Bed maker

Perfectly Imperfect

cuddles and giggles lead the way


I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Loving listener

Happy, narky but delicious

Nest builder

stable and protector

Sleepless survivor

Spider catcher

Peace Maker

Public apologiser

hope I got it right ?

Enduring capacity for guilt

secret biscuit eater

Nappy changer

Problem Solver

a writer

life and love teacher

fun magician

The singer not the song

nit picker

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

exam worrier

Giver of giggles

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

late night tweeter

to have everything and not to have it

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

What a Scream !

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

control freak

Synchronous snorer

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

Monsters worst nightmare!

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

excited explorer and amazed follower

my everything

Leftovers eater

wonderful person who i adore much xx

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

endless endorser

Creative, home maker

cuddle giver


Limitless and strong (sometimes)

Confidence provider


referee and general righter of wrongs

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

mystery game player


always being there

Tummy tickler

Beautiful kindness

Safe harbour

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

always there ..any time of day or night

food inventor

life giver

Care giver

there and more

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

concerned about the young

Food maker

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

hand holder

a missing our mum mum

strain bearer

singer of songs!

They are all different

Wet wiper

cuddle giver

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

snuggler and cuddler

snot rag

Giver of life.

Always on the go!

there for everyone and puts herself last!

Super sorter

cheque writer



Sleep watcher

fluffy hairer

like a good bottle of wine


24×7 customer service

Jack of all meals, master of none

Support giver

Listener, teacher, protector

They are all different

bump kisser

love multiplier

Hope I did it right ?

Nightmare light

Story reader

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

Loving and understanding

Tear wiper

nit picker


personal cheer-leader

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

Discipline provider

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

booby booby

cream applyer

respirateur and goddess

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

Umbrella holder for life's showers

family leader

carer of child


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,

a story teller

nose wiper

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

Fierce Protector

Child pacifier

Booby, kisses, cuddles

Love care

warrior worrier

Gentle protector

patient tired hopeful

indescribably amazing

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