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


exam worrier

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

Leftovers eater

cuddle giver

Story reader

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

Pram pusher

Nightmare comforter

love gusher

Strong, tender, selfless


The singer not the song

hand holder

singer of songs!

snot rag


my everything

life giver


nit picker

snuggler and cuddler

Rule maker

Loving and understanding

Umbrella holder for life's showers

fluffy hairer

endless endorser

Proud loving blessed

Confidence provider

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

Sleepless survivor

The farm

Creative, home maker

the person who broke my phone

Jack of all meals, master of none

What a Scream !

Safe harbour

24×7 customer service

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

always being there

life and love teacher

wonderful person who i adore much xx

Occasional chocolate briber

a lover of live

warrior worrier

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

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

hair sniffer

They are all different

hope I got it right ?

Discipline provider

Perfectly Imperfect


Food maker

Hope I did it right ?


Little foot tickler

food maker, biscuit baker,

Nightmare light

food inventor

personal cheer-leader

cream applyer

Bed maker


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

nit picker

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

Gentle protector

Tummy tickler

The rock that never crumbles

selfess strong succour

strain bearer

Creator of beauty

cheque writer

Brave, strong and mighty fine

Stumbling tweeting loon

secret biscuit eater

Monsters worst nightmare!

dream giver

Beautiful kindness

Support giver

cuddles and giggles lead the way

family leader

Happy, narky but delicious

fun magician

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

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

Singer of songs

always there ..any time of day or night

They are all different

Tear wiper

referee and general righter of wrongs

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Milk maker

booby booby

Beautiful, patient and selfless

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

An individual in her own right


mystery game player

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,

Enduring capacity for guilt

conscientious craziness controller.

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

Problem Solver

stable and protector

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Warmth and Home

Peace Maker

Spider catcher

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

Public apologiser

cuddle giver

keeper of promises

indescribably amazing

Role model

Super sorter


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

Wet wiper

One handed typist

Listener, teacher, protector

carer of child

a story teller

Giver of giggles

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

Grief giver

control freak

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

Cheek kisser

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

excited explorer and amazed follower

practising patient perserverance

Loving listener

Giver of life.

Always on the go!

late night tweeter


concerned about the young

love multiplier

there and more

food provider and cuddle giver

problem solver

Love care

patient tired hopeful

Care giver

Sleep watcher

Nest builder

sofa den builder

to have everything and not to have it

Nappy changer

Synchronous snorer

kid wrangler

Underpaid and overworked

bump kisser

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Booby, kisses, cuddles

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

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

like a good bottle of wine

Child pacifier


Fierce Protector

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

a writer

nose wiper

cuddle giver

a missing our mum mum

respirateur and goddess

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

there for everyone and puts herself last!