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.



patient tired hopeful

a mother is for life nit just for Christmas

Cheek kisser

love multiplier


I like mummy because mummy likes me.


Happy, narky but delicious

Love care

a writer

magic boogie-queen amazing cook

endless endorser

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.

Peace Maker

fun magician

life giver

Always on the go!

a story teller

They are all different

multi-tasker, referee, mediator, nurse, hug & kiss-giver, cook, waitress, washer, consoler, reader, event organiser, transporter, magician, supporter, problem solver and......rock.

Creator of beauty

Role model

Little foot tickler

cream applyer