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.



Child pacifier

Beautiful, patient and selfless

Underpaid and overworked


I like mummy because mummy likes me.

secret biscuit eater

Public apologiser

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Fierce Protector

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

They are all different

Bed maker

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

Rule maker

Cheek kisser

fluffy hairer


hope I got it right ?

practising patient perserverance

sofa den builder

Strong, tender, selfless


time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

giggle maker, cuddle taker, happiness giver, each and every day I love motherhood