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.



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

booby booby

Jack of all meals, master of none

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,


They are all different

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

problem solver

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

Role model

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

Enduring capacity for guilt

Giver of giggles

cream applyer

there and more

Leftovers eater


the person who broke my phone

Tear wiper

Perfectly Imperfect

a story teller

selfess strong succour

Milk maker

An individual in her own right

Love care

Always on the go!

24×7 customer service

referee and general righter of wrongs

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Gentle protector

fun magician

They are all different

The rock that never crumbles

always being there

control freak

What a Scream !

Brave, strong and mighty fine


under-appreciated and adored at the same time

Cheek kisser

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Wet wiper

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

sofa den builder

Nest builder

family leader

late night tweeter

Creative, home maker

Peace Maker

Bed maker

Public apologiser

keeper of promises

exam worrier


Sleep watcher

Spider catcher

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

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

Discipline provider

food provider and cuddle giver

Umbrella holder for life's showers

hair sniffer


Beautiful kindness

Confidence provider

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

Fierce Protector

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

excited explorer and amazed follower

Pram pusher

always there ..any time of day or night

Booby, kisses, cuddles

Occasional chocolate briber

like a good bottle of wine

Strong, tender, selfless

life giver

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

concerned about the young

nit picker

Hope I did it right ?

bump kisser

a lover of live

food inventor

patient tired hopeful

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Synchronous snorer

hand holder

stable and protector

Safe harbour

Loving and understanding

a writer

Monsters worst nightmare!

fluffy hairer

Story reader

carer of child

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

Singer of songs

Listener, teacher, protector

Child pacifier



a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

singer of songs!

Loving listener

love multiplier

kid wrangler

Support giver

The farm

cuddles and giggles lead the way

personal cheer-leader

Happy, narky but delicious

Beautiful, patient and selfless

nit picker


cuddle giver

Proud loving blessed

One handed typist


secret biscuit eater


Giver of life.

snuggler and cuddler

Little foot tickler

a missing our mum mum

Nightmare comforter

Tummy tickler

Underpaid and overworked

The singer not the song

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

Warmth and Home

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

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

to have everything and not to have it

practising patient perserverance

respirateur and goddess

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

Sleepless survivor

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

love gusher

Grief giver

nose wiper

warrior worrier

strain bearer

Nightmare light

Rule maker

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

Care giver

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

conscientious craziness controller.

my everything

wonderful person who i adore much xx

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Problem Solver

Food maker

cuddle giver

food maker, biscuit baker,

indescribably amazing

dream giver

life and love teacher


hope I got it right ?

cuddle giver

Creator of beauty

Stumbling tweeting loon

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

snot rag

Nappy changer

cheque writer

there for everyone and puts herself last!

mystery game player

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

Super sorter

endless endorser