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.



Giver of life.

patient tired hopeful

nit picker

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

They are all different

Spider catcher

a lover of live

Beautiful Loving Cuddler


indescribably amazing

24×7 customer service

the person who broke my phone

food inventor

Support giver

Story reader

snot rag

Brave, strong and mighty fine

fun magician

singer of songs!

sofa den builder

keeper of promises

a writer

Tear wiper

my everything

Sleepless survivor

Milk maker

Listener, teacher, protector

What a Scream !

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

Bed maker

Fierce Protector

Cheek kisser


there for everyone and puts herself last!

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

Confidence provider

Stumbling tweeting loon


Happy, narky but delicious

Pram pusher

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

Wet wiper

cheque writer

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

Strong, tender, selfless

Jack of all meals, master of none

Perfectly Imperfect

The singer not the song

Peace Maker

Nightmare comforter


concerned about the young

fluffy hairer

Grief giver

cuddle giver

wonderful person who i adore much xx

Booby, kisses, cuddles

respirateur and goddess

endless endorser

hair sniffer

kid wrangler

stable and protector

snuggler and cuddler

a story teller

carer of child

Sleep watcher

Monsters worst nightmare!

booby booby

Child pacifier

Singer of songs

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Gentle protector

Umbrella holder for life's showers

love multiplier

They are all different

Warmth and Home

love gusher

cream applyer

Food maker

bump kisser

Hope I did it right ?

personal cheer-leader


a missing our mum mum

problem solver

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

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

Safe harbour


Nappy changer

Nightmare light

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,

conscientious craziness controller.

Creative, home maker


Proud loving blessed

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

Enduring capacity for guilt

Synchronous snorer

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

excited explorer and amazed follower

The farm

food provider and cuddle giver

Loving and understanding

food maker, biscuit baker,

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

practising patient perserverance


warrior worrier

Loving listener


hope I got it right ?

Rule maker

Beautiful, patient and selfless

Leftovers eater

Occasional chocolate briber

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

The rock that never crumbles

Always on the go!

dream giver

Love care

secret biscuit eater

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

strain bearer

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

selfess strong succour

Creator of beauty


An individual in her own right


Beautiful kindness

Problem Solver

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

life giver

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

Discipline provider

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

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

referee and general righter of wrongs

Super sorter

always there ..any time of day or night

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

life and love teacher

cuddle giver

Nest builder

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

Little foot tickler

cuddle giver

always being there

Underpaid and overworked

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

Public apologiser

Role model

family leader

cuddles and giggles lead the way

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

hand holder

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

One handed typist

control freak

Care giver

there and more

Twitter addicted tea drinker

nit picker

to have everything and not to have it

mystery game player

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Giver of giggles

nose wiper

late night tweeter

like a good bottle of wine

exam worrier