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.






cheque writer

24×7 customer service

nit picker

the person who broke my phone

Sleepless survivor

late night tweeter

love gusher

Loving and understanding


Occasional chocolate briber

An individual in her own right

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

Brave, strong and mighty fine

cream applyer

Nappy changer


singer of songs!

Cheek kisser

a missing our mum mum

Underpaid and overworked

Umbrella holder for life's showers

food maker, biscuit baker,

sofa den builder

snuggler and cuddler

Giver of giggles

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

Giver of life.

concerned about the young

Pram pusher

stable and 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,

always being there

Care giver

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

problem solver

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

nit picker

control freak

Twitter addicted tea drinker

there for everyone and puts herself last!

The rock that never crumbles

Nightmare light

Loving listener

mystery game player

nose wiper

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

endless endorser

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

Role model

there and more

wonderful person who i adore much xx

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

practising patient perserverance

fun magician

Beautiful, patient and selfless

indescribably amazing

warrior worrier

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

always there ..any time of day or night

hope I got it right ?

What a Scream !

Love care


selfess strong succour

Proud loving blessed

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

personal cheer-leader

Fierce Protector

to have everything and not to have it

One handed typist

cuddle giver

cuddles and giggles lead the way

patient tired hopeful

They are all different

Creative, home maker


Limitless and strong (sometimes)

Leftovers eater

like a good bottle of wine

Confidence provider


Peace Maker

Booby, kisses, cuddles

I like mummy because mummy likes me.


Jack of all meals, master of none

snot rag


respirateur and goddess

dream giver

Food maker

a story teller

Stumbling tweeting loon

cuddle giver

a lover of live

Safe harbour

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

Sleep watcher

life and love teacher

Nest builder

my everything

Discipline provider

The farm

Grief giver

food provider and cuddle giver

Super sorter

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

Bed maker

Wet wiper

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

hair sniffer

They are all different

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

booby booby

Creator of beauty

referee and general righter of wrongs

Public apologiser

a writer

Always on the go!

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

Milk maker

exam worrier

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

Perfectly Imperfect

Happy, narky but delicious

Support giver

Spider catcher


Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

Listener, teacher, protector

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

Hope I did it right ?

Synchronous snorer

Gentle protector

The singer not the song

Tummy tickler

Warmth and Home

Tear wiper

Rule maker

Little foot tickler

Nightmare comforter

Problem Solver

life giver

kid wrangler

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

strain bearer

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

Monsters worst nightmare!

Strong, tender, selfless

bump kisser

Beautiful kindness

Child pacifier

cuddle giver

Singer of songs

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

family leader

love multiplier

keeper of promises

hand holder

food inventor

Story reader

fluffy hairer

Enduring capacity for guilt

conscientious craziness controller.

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

carer of child

excited explorer and amazed follower

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

secret biscuit eater