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.



a lover of live

warrior worrier

cuddle giver

cuddle giver

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

Giver of giggles

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

hand holder

24×7 customer service

Proud loving blessed

Leftovers eater

cuddle giver

love multiplier

the person who broke my phone


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

Spider catcher

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Happy, narky but delicious

Little foot tickler

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

Limitless and strong (sometimes)

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty