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.



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

Child pacifier

fun magician

concerned about the young

Little foot tickler

late night tweeter

referee and general righter of wrongs

Giver of life.

Sleepless survivor

Safe harbour

Monsters worst nightmare!

Always trying to get it right (even when we know we got it wrong)

problem solver

The rock that never crumbles

to have everything and not to have it

hand holder

Stumbling tweeting loon

Cheek kisser

Wet wiper

24×7 customer service

sofa den builder

Twitter addicted tea drinker

Super sorter

Strong, tender, selfless