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.



Super sorter

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

Strong, tender, selfless

Milk maker

Giver of life.


cuddles and giggles lead the way

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

fun magician

Umbrella holder for life's showers

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

like a good bottle of wine

love gusher

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

there and more

Nightmare comforter

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

Food maker

cuddle giver

hair sniffer


hand holder

Wet wiper

Sleepless survivor

Loving and understanding

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

They are all different

indescribably amazing

always there ..any time of day or night

singer of songs!

selfess strong succour

Creator of beauty

The singer not the song

Nightmare light

Happy, narky but delicious


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

food maker, biscuit baker,

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

Monsters worst nightmare!

Peace Maker

referee and general righter of wrongs

secret biscuit eater

Brave, strong and mighty fine

Pram pusher

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

Discipline provider

late night tweeter

nit picker

life giver

mystery game player

Safe harbour

wonderful person who i adore much xx

family leader

Care giver

kid wrangler

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

Proud loving blessed

love multiplier

sofa den builder

practising patient perserverance

Hope I did it right ?

problem solver

Listener, teacher, protector

Grief giver

there for everyone and puts herself last!

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,

a writer

One handed typist

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

excited explorer and amazed follower

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

carer of child

What a Scream !

food inventor

respirateur and goddess

Public apologiser


Leftovers eater

cuddle giver

Booby, kisses, cuddles

Support giver

nose wiper

Creative, home maker

Occasional chocolate briber

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

Problem Solver

Giver of giggles

Beautiful, patient and selfless

Sleep watcher

Beautiful kindness

Stumbling tweeting loon

Tear wiper

Nappy changer

Story reader

a missing our mum mum



hope I got it right ?

fluffy hairer

stable and protector

food provider and cuddle giver

Singer of songs

concerned about the young

a lover of live

a story teller

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

Twitter addicted tea drinker


my everything

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

Fierce Protector

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

The farm

bump kisser

Always on the go!


Spider catcher

personal cheer-leader

24×7 customer service

Rule maker

conscientious craziness controller.

warrior worrier

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

nit picker

life and love teacher

snot rag

Nest builder

Enduring capacity for guilt

Loving listener

Underpaid and overworked

strain bearer

Little foot tickler

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

snuggler and cuddler

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

They are all different

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

Child pacifier

cuddle giver

booby booby

exam worrier

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

Role model

Jack of all meals, master of none

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

cream applyer

Tummy tickler

Warmth and Home

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

Synchronous snorer

Limitless and strong (sometimes)


cheque writer

to have everything and not to have it

Love care



Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

always being there

Bed maker

patient tired hopeful

keeper of promises

Cheek kisser

An individual in her own right

control freak

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

the person who broke my phone

Gentle protector

The rock that never crumbles

endless endorser

Confidence provider

dream giver

Perfectly Imperfect