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.



food provider and cuddle giver

excited explorer and amazed follower

hair sniffer

late night tweeter

patient tired hopeful

concerned about the young

They are all different

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

there for everyone and puts herself last!

a missing our mum mum

sofa den builder

Gentle protector

love multiplier

Safe harbour

Happy, narky but delicious

Fierce Protector

dream giver

They are all different

food inventor

a lover of live

food maker, biscuit baker,

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

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

Beautiful, patient and selfless

The farm

Listener, teacher, protector

snot rag

Brave, strong and mighty fine

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,

Loving listener

Grief giver

What a Scream !

cream applyer

family leader

Public apologiser

practising patient perserverance

Tummy tickler

Nightmare light

always there ..any time of day or night

a story teller

Beautiful kindness

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

Jack of all meals, master of none

Role model

Rule maker

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

to have everything and not to have it

Peace Maker

Leftovers eater

a writer

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

Always on the go!

the person who broke my phone

Warmth and Home

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

secret biscuit eater

problem solver

conscientious craziness controller.

Tear wiper


I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Umbrella holder for life's showers

endless endorser

control freak

Discipline provider


cuddle giver

Strong, tender, selfless

cuddles and giggles lead the way

Food maker

The rock that never crumbles

fluffy hairer

Giver of life.

Cheek kisser


cheque writer

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

selfess strong succour

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Bed maker

nit picker

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

my everything

hand holder

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

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

booby booby

Nest builder


Booby, kisses, cuddles

Pram pusher

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

nit picker

love gusher

respirateur and goddess

Sleepless survivor

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

Super sorter

singer of songs!

personal cheer-leader

Singer of songs

mystery game player

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

Perfectly Imperfect

Enduring capacity for guilt

carer of child

Hope I did it right ?

snuggler and cuddler

Creator of beauty


Synchronous snorer

The singer not the song

Confidence provider

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

An individual in her own right

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

like a good bottle of wine

Spider catcher

Problem Solver

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

cuddle giver

warrior worrier

referee and general righter of wrongs

Milk maker

Wet wiper

wonderful person who i adore much xx

kid wrangler

One handed typist

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas


there and more

always being there

Loving and understanding

Little foot tickler

Child pacifier

Proud loving blessed

cuddle giver

nose wiper


Love care

life and love teacher

Support giver

Giver of giggles

hope I got it right ?


Underpaid and overworked

Occasional chocolate briber

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

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

Story reader

Sleep watcher

life giver

fun magician

Nappy changer

Monsters worst nightmare!

keeper of promises

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



Nightmare comforter

Stumbling tweeting loon

24×7 customer service


bump kisser

indescribably amazing

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

strain bearer

exam worrier

stable and protector

Care giver

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

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

Creative, home maker