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.



secret biscuit eater



An individual in her own right

Cheek kisser

cream applyer

fluffy hairer

Warmth and Home

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Monsters worst nightmare!

Loving and understanding


I like mummy because mummy likes me.

personal cheer-leader

fun magician

Loving listener

The rock that never crumbles

Little foot tickler

Child pacifier

bread baker knitting wrapping presents

Synchronous snorer

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

Peace Maker

keeper of promises