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.



Carrier, Comforter, Protector

Food maker

Discipline provider

Underpaid and overworked

Proud loving blessed

problem solver

life and love teacher

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Stumbling tweeting loon

cuddle giver


Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...


nose wiper

late night tweeter

strain bearer

Nest builder

my everything

Tear wiper

Listener, teacher, protector

Gentle protector

personal cheer-leader

selfess strong succour

Cheek kisser