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.



practising patient perserverance

Tear wiper

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


Warmth and Home

dream giver

concerned about the young

kid wrangler

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

endless endorser

Stumbling tweeting loon

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

to have everything and not to have it

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

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

food maker, biscuit baker,

hair sniffer

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

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

nose wiper

selfess strong succour

Nest builder

always being there