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.




my everything

Little foot tickler

cuddles and giggles lead the way

Jack of all meals, master of none

food inventor


24×7 customer service

selfess strong succour

medication measurer, giver, worrier.

Brave, strong and mighty fine

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

Role model

Milk maker

Loving listener

Support giver

They are all different

to have everything and not to have it

Defender & Protector; Feeder & Teacher; 3 Line Whip & Comforter; Chief Timetable Officer; Dresser & Undresser; One Half of Parenting Rock; Source of their Security

keeper of promises

Gentle protector

like a good bottle of wine

Grief giver

Confidence provider