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.



sofa den builder

like a good bottle of wine


Child pacifier

Gentle protector

Love care


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

Always on the go!

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

Beautiful kindness

Nest builder

An individual in her own right

Brave, strong and mighty fine

snuggler and cuddler

They are all different

a missing our mum mum

Synchronous snorer

What a Scream !

singer of songs!

The singer not the song

fun magician

Cheek kisser

Care giver