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.



Love care

Nest builder

Child pacifier

Creator of beauty

kid wrangler

Humble, self-examining, never give up-erer!

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

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

food provider and cuddle giver


under-appreciated and adored at the same time

Nightmare light

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

Tummy tickler

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

there and more

Rule maker

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

Jack of all meals, master of none

Food maker

warrior worrier

hand holder

Fierce Protector

strain bearer