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.



Cheek kisser

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

bump kisser

selfess strong succour

wonderful person who i adore much xx

Listener, teacher, protector

hand holder

Nightmare comforter

Stumbling tweeting loon

Nightmare light

They are all different

Jack of all meals, master of none

Singer of songs

Confidence provider

dream giver

cream applyer

cuddle giver

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

exam worrier

referee and general righter of wrongs

warrior worrier

Enduring capacity for guilt

Loving and understanding

Carrier, Comforter, Protector