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 mother is for life nit just for Christmas

endless endorser

referee and general righter of wrongs

Wet wiper

the person who broke my phone

The singer not the song

Public apologiser

food maker, biscuit baker,

sofa den builder

cream applyer


Jack of all meals, master of none

nose wiper

a missing our mum mum

The farm

Beautiful, patient and selfless

Food maker

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Brave, strong and mighty fine

Sleepless survivor

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

Grief giver

respirateur and goddess