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.



wonderful person who i adore much xx

dream giver

practising patient perserverance

fluffy hairer

Umbrella holder for life's showers

Brave, strong and mighty fine

What a Scream !

Perfectly Imperfect

Defender & Protector; Feeder & Teacher; 3 Line Whip & Comforter; Chief Timetable Officer; Dresser & Undresser; One Half of Parenting Rock; Source of their Security

love multiplier

life giver

Beautiful, patient and selfless

Loving and understanding

I am not what you think I am, I am so more than that.

problem solver

Super sorter

cheque writer

Care giver

cuddle giver

Underpaid and overworked

there for everyone and puts herself last!


I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Leftovers eater