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.



Super sorter

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty


Nightmare light

food provider and cuddle giver

What a Scream !

Beautiful Loving Cuddler

referee and general righter of wrongs

I like mummy because mummy likes me.


Perfectly Imperfect

hair sniffer

to have everything and not to have it

love multiplier

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

Child pacifier

Beautiful kindness

glitter and glue to the rescue master piece in the making

patient tired hopeful

Problem Solver

Story reader

Tummy tickler

my everything