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.




always being there

They are all different

hope I got it right ?

personal cheer-leader

indescribably amazing

hand holder

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

Occasional chocolate briber

dream giver

Grief giver

excited explorer and amazed follower

endless endorser

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

cuddle giver

Giver of giggles

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

cheque writer

mystery game player

food maker, biscuit baker,

nit picker

Nappy changer

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

Loving listener

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

fun magician

Cheek kisser

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

exam worrier

secret biscuit eater


Tear wiper

fluffy hairer

Super sorter

sofa den builder

there and more

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

control freak

The singer not the song

singer of songs!

hair sniffer

cream applyer

Rule maker


wonderful person who i adore much xx

life and love teacher

concerned about the young

Loving and understanding

Giver of life.

Jack of all meals, master of none

snuggler and cuddler

Gentle protector

Support giver

keeper of promises

love multiplier

warrior worrier

cuddle giver

late night tweeter

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

Bed maker

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

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

a story teller

An individual in her own right

Synchronous snorer

Singer of songs

to have everything and not to have it

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

practising patient perserverance

Discipline provider

selfess strong succour

Milk maker

bump kisser

Enduring capacity for guilt

Love care

The farm

a writer

Pram pusher

The rock that never crumbles

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

nit picker


Tummy tickler

Food maker

Wet wiper

Warmth and Home

Nightmare comforter

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

always there ..any time of day or night

food provider and cuddle giver

24×7 customer service

Problem Solver


One handed typist

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

patient tired hopeful

Creative, home maker

life giver

like a good bottle of wine

problem solver

Stumbling tweeting loon

cuddle giver

strain bearer

family leader

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Nest builder

snot rag

They are all different

Brave, strong and mighty fine

a missing our mum mum

there for everyone and puts herself last!

Twitter addicted tea drinker

carer of child

Public apologiser

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Leftovers eater

Booby, kisses, cuddles

Monsters worst nightmare!

Creator of beauty

a lover of live


stable and protector

Child pacifier

What a Scream !


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

nose wiper

Listener, teacher, protector

booby booby

Always on the go!

Little foot tickler

Perfectly Imperfect

Care giver

Beautiful, patient and selfless

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

my everything

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

cuddles and giggles lead the way

Umbrella holder for life's showers

Underpaid and overworked

Safe harbour

love gusher

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

Fierce Protector


Happy, narky but delicious

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,

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Beautiful kindness

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

Peace Maker

Confidence provider

kid wrangler

respirateur and goddess

Role model

Sleep watcher

Sleepless survivor

referee and general righter of wrongs

Nightmare light

Hope I did it right ?


Limitless and strong (sometimes)

food inventor


the person who broke my phone


conscientious craziness controller.

Story reader

Strong, tender, selfless

Proud loving blessed

Spider catcher