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.



like a good bottle of wine

family leader

Carrier, Comforter, Protector

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

Booby, kisses, cuddles

cuddle giver


under-appreciated and adored at the same time

Pairer of socks. Sometimes they even match...

singer of songs!

Overwrought, frazzled and shouty

warrior worrier

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

The farm


Twitter addicted tea drinker

Warmth and Home

Role model

Happy, narky but delicious

a writer

problem solver

Loving and understanding

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

mystery game player