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.



I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Support giver

Rule maker

Beautiful, patient and selfless

love multiplier

cheque writer

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

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

Food maker

always there ..any time of day or night

there for everyone and puts herself last!

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

bump kisser

Beautiful kindness

family leader

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

I like mummy because mummy likes me.


Grief giver

Hope I did it right ?

Nightmare light

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

Always on the go!

They are all different

life and love teacher

Safe harbour

Tear wiper

my everything

respirateur and goddess

Enduring capacity for guilt

Fierce Protector

Confidence provider

Giver of giggles

Bed maker

Creator of beauty

excited explorer and amazed follower

Jack of all meals, master of none

love gusher

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

control freak

Proud loving blessed

concerned about the young



An individual in her own right

fun magician

personal cheer-leader

food inventor

The rock that never crumbles

The singer not the song

They are all different

Cheek kisser

a missing our mum mum

Nappy changer

Child pacifier

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

exam worrier

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

Booby, kisses, cuddles

snot rag

Super sorter

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

endless endorser

Creative, home maker

to have everything and not to have it

Milk maker

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

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

Twitter addicted tea drinker

conscientious craziness controller.

dream giver

Occasional chocolate briber

late night tweeter


Problem Solver

What a Scream !

referee and general righter of wrongs

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

sofa den builder

nit picker

Monsters worst nightmare!

fluffy hairer

cream applyer

a story teller

life giver

Wet wiper

wonderful person who i adore much xx


singer of songs!

nit picker

Story reader

food maker, biscuit baker,

Little foot tickler

carer of child

Sleep watcher

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

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

practising patient perserverance

there and more

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

snuggler and cuddler

Listener, teacher, protector


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,

patient tired hopeful

cuddle giver

food provider and cuddle giver

stable and protector

a lover of live

Spider catcher

like a good bottle of wine

Role model

cuddle giver

secret biscuit eater

strain bearer


Sleepless survivor

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


medication measurer, giver, worrier.


kid wrangler

24×7 customer service

mystery game player

Giver of life.

Peace Maker

One handed typist

the person who broke my phone

booby booby

problem solver

hair sniffer

Public apologiser

The farm


keeper of promises

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

Stumbling tweeting loon

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

hand holder


Nightmare comforter

Underpaid and overworked

Gentle protector

Discipline provider

Pram pusher

Perfectly Imperfect

Umbrella holder for life's showers

Happy, narky but delicious

Loving listener

Loving and understanding

Warmth and Home

cuddles and giggles lead the way

always being there

warrior worrier

a writer

Nest builder

Brave, strong and mighty fine

Synchronous snorer

nose wiper

hope I got it right ?

indescribably amazing

cuddle giver

Love care

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

Strong, tender, selfless

Leftovers eater

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

Tummy tickler

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

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

selfess strong succour

Singer of songs

Care giver