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.



Sorter outer, care-giver, listener and crafter, swim buddy, duck feeder, just gets dafter...

Giver of life.

Creator of beauty

Public apologiser

Tear wiper

mystery game player

Nest builder

like a good bottle of wine

Underpaid and overworked

referee and general righter of wrongs


Loving listener


cuddle giver

conscientious craziness controller.

control freak

a lover of live

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

Happy, narky but delicious

concerned about the young

a writer

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas


always there ..any time of day or night