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.



always there ..any time of day or night


respirateur and goddess

What a Scream !

An individual in her own right

Nightmare comforter

Safe harbour

medication measurer, giver, worrier.


hair sniffer

snuggler and cuddler

Spider catcher


Grief giver

Bed maker

Underpaid and overworked

Twitter addicted tea drinker

cuddles and giggles lead the way

I like mummy because mummy likes me.

giggle maker, cuddle taker, happiness giver, each and every day I love motherhood

Always trying to get it right (even when we know we got it wrong)

Nappy changer

Singer of songs

Warmth and Home