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.



to have everything and not to have it

indescribably amazing

Enduring capacity for guilt

Singer of songs

nit picker

Umbrella holder for life's showers

food provider and cuddle giver

cheque writer

Child pacifier

always there ..any time of day or night

NASCAR driver to doctor appointments

under-appreciated and adored at the same time

Sleep watcher

Nourishing. Protecting. Forgiving. Woman.


carer of child


wonderful person who i adore much xx

Perfectly Imperfect

Love care

Stumbling tweeting loon

conscientious craziness controller.

Strong, tender, selfless