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.



Always on the go!

personal cheer-leader

Loving listener


24×7 customer service

Umbrella holder for life's showers

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

Strong, tender, selfless

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


Milk maker

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

booby booby

stable and protector

wonderful person who i adore much xx

control freak

nit picker

conscientious craziness controller.

The farm

Brave, strong and mighty fine

Gentle protector

fun magician

cuddle giver

keeper of promises

Care giver

Public apologiser


Loving and understanding

life and love teacher

mystery game player

singer of songs!

indescribably amazing

my everything

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

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

Enduring capacity for guilt

patient tired hopeful

Creator of beauty

a writer

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

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,

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

Tear wiper

Story reader

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

cheque writer

Fierce Protector

warrior worrier

love multiplier

An individual in her own right

Super sorter

Grief giver

late night tweeter

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

Booby, kisses, cuddles

Love care

Sleepless survivor

food maker, biscuit baker,

nose wiper

Jack of all meals, master of none

nit picker

always being there

Child pacifier

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

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

there for everyone and puts herself last!

family leader

One handed typist

Spider catcher



carer of child

Giver of giggles

Nightmare comforter

Warmth and Home

dream giver

snuggler and cuddler

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

cuddle giver

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

hope I got it right ?

Food maker

Monsters worst nightmare!

Proud loving blessed

food inventor

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

Cheek kisser

Peace Maker

endless endorser

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

a missing our mum mum

Underpaid and overworked

cuddles and giggles lead the way

Beautiful, patient and selfless

Rule maker

Sleep watcher

Tummy tickler

Nightmare light

Singer of songs

bump kisser

Listener, teacher, protector

hair sniffer

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

Confidence provider

Twitter addicted tea drinker

They are all different

secret biscuit eater

They are all different

Synchronous snorer

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...


snot rag

life giver

to have everything and not to have it

concerned about the young

Support giver

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

Occasional chocolate briber

love gusher

referee and general righter of wrongs

Role model

What a Scream !

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

like a good bottle of wine



Bed maker

Discipline provider

cuddle giver

Stumbling tweeting loon

food provider and cuddle giver

Leftovers eater

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

always there ..any time of day or night

fluffy hairer

exam worrier

problem solver


Creative, home maker

cream applyer

Pram pusher

respirateur and goddess

there and more

Giver of life.

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

a story teller

a lover of live

Beautiful kindness

Little foot tickler

Happy, narky but delicious

Perfectly Imperfect

Wet wiper

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Nest builder

excited explorer and amazed follower

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

Safe harbour


sofa den builder


Nappy changer

practising patient perserverance

The rock that never crumbles

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

the person who broke my phone

Hope I did it right ?

kid wrangler

hand holder

The singer not the song

Problem Solver

selfess strong succour

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

strain bearer