howard simon


~i Choose The Mountain~ - Poem by howard simon

The low lands call
I am tempted to answer
They are offering me a free dwelling
Without having to conquer

The massive mountain makes its move
Beckoning me to ascend
A much more difficult path
To get up the slippery bend

I cannot choose both
I have a choice to make
I must be wise
This will determine my fate

I choose, I choose the mountain
With all its stress and strain
Because only by climbing
Can I rise above the plain

I choose the mountain
And I will never stop climbing
I choose the mountain
And I shall forever be ascending

I choose the mountain

Topic(s) of this poem: inspirational

Form: Free Verse


Comments about ~i Choose The Mountain~ by howard simon

  • Savita Tyagi (2/11/2016 10:19:00 AM)

    I think I read this poem long time back. It is as great a reading as was before. The choice makes all the difference. A tough choice brings the best out of one. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Loke Kok Yee (2/11/2016 3:33:00 AM)

    Your poem says it all, you are a doer, goer and a great achiever
    Motivation you have, challenges you need
    Thank you for this inspiring write (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (2/6/2016 11:31:00 PM)

    Dear Howard, Just read your wonderful poem - i choose the mountain
    I am inspired, motivated and strengthened! (Report) Reply

  • Mihaela Pirjol Mihaela Pirjol (2/5/2016 4:16:00 AM)

    I have read this poem of yours so many times now! One of the best! (Report) Reply

  • Wayne Kingston (1/26/2016 10:08:00 PM)

    Can I rise above the plain....seemingly intentional allusion to plane and plain...well said. I also sense a meaningful hesitation re: I choose, I choose the mountain... Nice device. Looking forward to reading more of your work. Thx. (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (1/26/2016 10:31:00 PM)

    Gratitude for you positive comments!

  • Michael Gale Michael Gale (1/26/2016 7:01:00 PM)

    A great poem, be this assemblage of verse! Great, for Thine Own eyes, to transpurse! :) (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (1/26/2016 7:22:00 PM)

    Great comments Michael! Thank you so very much!

  • Nosheen Irfan Nosheen Irfan (1/19/2016 12:23:00 AM)

    I choose, I choose the mountain
    With all its stress and strain
    That's what life is all about...to face the challenges, rather than taking an easy way out. I once read your poem on a facebook page and I was absolutely struck by it. It's definitely a classic and will keep motivating generations after generations. (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (1/19/2016 4:19:00 PM)

    What wonderful words you have written about my poem! Thanks my friend!

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (1/18/2016 11:08:00 AM)

    Thanks for joining the climb Mysia! (Report) Reply

  • Mysia Hayling Mysia Hayling (1/18/2016 10:14:00 AM)

    Yes, I choose the mountain because you have to start from the bottom to reach top. A very inspiring poem. (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (1/26/2016 7:23:00 PM)

    Very true are your words. Thanks for taking the time and for your positive comments!

  • Darlan M Cunha Darlan M Cunha (1/18/2016 6:52:00 AM)

    Yeah, I choose tem mountain. I choose too.
    Well done. Congratulations. (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (1/18/2016 11:09:00 AM)

    Thanks for celebrating with me, Keep on climbing!

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (1/12/2016 1:45:00 PM)

    this is a very good motivational poem, dear Howard.. I've ascended the mountain myself while reading your lines! Blessings (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (1/18/2016 11:11:00 AM)

    Thanks for joining the climb and for your eloquent words my friend!

  • Itai Oscar (1/8/2016 2:04:00 AM)

    it shows the determination that one has despite the obstacles or difficulties on the way. Thanks for the write! (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (1/18/2016 11:13:00 AM)

    Exactly. Very accurately expressed.

  • Joshua Flores Joshua Flores (1/7/2016 9:35:00 AM)

    This poem is spectacular! It displays a depth of desire that I cannot be entirely sure is real. It is something that is full of want, and it's meaning is strong. I take this poem as a display of strength, to live life powerfully and to live life opposite to rest. To describe this poem I need only give a quote Life is not about ease, it is about ascending through trials and countless effort (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (1/18/2016 11:17:00 AM)

    Gratitude for your wonderful words about my poem.

  • Perry Shepard Perry Shepard (12/31/2015 10:32:00 PM)

    Fine piece of work. the Depth works on every level. (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (1/1/2016 12:01:00 AM)

    Thanks for your positive vibes pertaining to my poem I Choose the Mountain Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Abderrahmane Dakir Abderrahmane Dakir (12/29/2015 2:57:00 AM)

    I like it so much, The climbing on the mountain is a challenge to overcome all stress, Thank you so much. (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (12/29/2015 9:12:00 PM)

    Gratitude to you for your very accurate perspective.

  • Tanu Mannah Tanu Mannah (12/27/2015 12:35:00 AM)

    I would like mountains too... Thank you dear poet.. I like your poem so much (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (12/29/2015 9:16:00 PM)

    Glad you like it. Thanks for your positive expressions!

  • Thabani Khumalo Thabani Khumalo (12/26/2015 5:29:00 AM)

    The low lands call
    I am tempted to answer
    They are offering me a free dwelling
    Without having to conquer (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (12/29/2015 9:17:00 PM)

    Thank you for joining the celebration!

  • Fatma Maleta Fatma Maleta (12/11/2015 3:11:00 AM)

    U seem to like danger despite the fact that there is an easier way out. I think it's brave to choose the mountain only by doing that can you discover the pain and what's hidden beneath that.Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (12/11/2015 7:21:00 AM)

    You have captured the essence of this poem in a wonderful way. Thank you so much!

  • Kim Barney (12/10/2015 6:18:00 PM)

    Eugene Levich made the comment below:
    Interesting poem- but I believe your plane should be a plain.

    He's right, of course, but if your mountain is high enough, maybe you can also rise above the airplane! (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (1/18/2016 11:19:00 AM)

    Thanks for taking the time and for the correction my friend!

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (12/10/2015 8:25:00 PM)

    Thanks for taking the time. I meant to make that correction but just did not get around to it. Thanks for your reminder!

  • Kim Barney (12/10/2015 6:13:00 PM)

    I love the mountains, Howard, and I love this poem. Took me a while to get around to reading it, but I'm glad I finally did. Thank you. (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (12/10/2015 8:26:00 PM)

    Glad you took the time and that you like my poem.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 10, 2015


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