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.



Tummy tickler

Discipline provider

strain bearer

time giver, care and the holder of precious hearts

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

secret biscuit eater

warrior worrier

family leader

Story reader

Tear wiper

Sleep watcher

snot rag

Beautiful kindness

booby booby

Nightmare light

cuddles and giggles lead the way

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

Occasional chocolate briber

love multiplier

Loving listener

a writer

They are all different

Rule maker

Wet wiper