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.



excited explorer and amazed follower

Spider catcher

The rock that never crumbles

Jack of all meals, master of none

cheque writer

Synchronous snorer

Confidence provider

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

control freak

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

Sleep watcher

kid wrangler

cuddles and giggles lead the way

Giver of life.

a missing our mum mum

Perfectly Imperfect

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

strain bearer

Strong, tender, selfless

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Booby, kisses, cuddles

late night tweeter

to have everything and not to have it

secret biscuit eater