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howard simon


~I Choose the Mountain~


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 plane

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

I choose the mountain

Submitted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Edited: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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  • Gold Star - 16,032 Points Akhtar Jawad (12/20/2014 7:27:00 AM)

    Some opt for the easy life and they pass an average life. They remain merged in the common crowd and very few know them. Those who are fond of adventures conquer the difficult heights and their names shine on the sky as stars. It's a great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,239 Points Patricia Grantham (10/15/2014 7:34:00 PM)

    I love the positive affirmations in this write. Aim for the
    best and you will get the best. Getting ready to climb.
    Excellent write Howard. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points Sj Holland (8/1/2014 12:51:00 PM)

    Hi Simon: Thanks for reviewing my poem Black On Black. I like this verse you've written about a wise choice. The flow is good, with easy rhyming cadence. I enjoyed the message in choosing what strengthens us. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 430 Points John Ugolo Umah (7/29/2014 4:53:00 AM)

    It has become a choice with every man to either choose to grow or to remain at the low lands, but thank God for this poem, Howard you teach us to make choices of good places, higher lands and that's the mountineous tops in every thing we do. Thank you Poet Howard for this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,878 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/20/2014 10:40:00 AM)

    Choosing mountain is the apt and most recommendable thing together with ascending the journey always which is the symbol of activism, hope, comfort, and positive approach on worldly matters and also anxious to know what the mountain top and other side the world is. Nicely written such a beautiful poem liked. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,505 Points Dinesh Nair (7/19/2014 10:34:00 PM)

    Choosing mountains over valleys show your boldness and optimism dear Mr Howard Simon. Why are you not writing new poems sir? (Report) Reply

    Freshman - 1,138 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (7/20/2014 10:45:00 AM)

    Thanks for asking my friend Dinesh. I am working on one right now I hope to post it soon.

  • Gold Star - 11,765 Points Mandolyn ... (7/19/2014 3:53:00 PM)

    i choose mountains! over valleys...
    but i know this is a metaphor. climbing/hiking is good
    in the emotional and physical sense. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,922 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/26/2014 9:48:00 AM)

    This poem can be read over and over again, yet one will never cease to get inspired!
    No wonder it has earned 552 comments and 269 votes, average being 9.1.
    I haven't read all the poems of this site, but this undoubtedly is one of the most read, most honorably evaluated poems. Well done again! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Excel Famson (4/11/2014 9:38:00 PM)

    A masterpiece of a poem that seems to get better every time it is read. Highly motivational! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points Sj Holland (2/26/2014 8:01:00 PM)

    It takes courage to choose the way of learning. Nice verse. Commitment simply stated. The first and third stanzas are my favs. Thanks Howard, for reading my poem Determination. I shared your poem link, think the title is I Am A Failure at one of my G+ groups. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,449 Points Lyn Paul (2/24/2014 4:35:00 PM)

    Beautiful words Howard and I am with Savita on his great comment.... Stay inspired to inspire. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,300 Points Geetha Jayakumar (2/19/2014 11:59:00 AM)

    A Wonderful Inspirational poem..Very true said,
    I choose Mountain
    If I stop climbing then I am descending...
    Very thoughtful write....Really this poem inspires one to choose mountain. Thanks for sharing with us.
    This poem is no doubt climbing to top with as good as 548 comments... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 48 Points Erika Wingo (2/15/2014 4:50:00 AM)

    So rich and full with meaning. Made me feel thoughtful, inspired, hopeful and ready to choose the mountain myself! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,922 Points Khairul Ahsan (12/30/2013 11:24:00 PM)

    This is a sparkling piece of a gem,
    So I unhesitatingly give it a ten!
    The rhyming pattern is a bit different, but perfect.
    The theme is inspirational, so it's got its respect.
    544 comments and 261 votes, is no mean a feat,
    Climb on my friend, until your mission is complete.

    With greetings for a very happy 2014, (Report) Reply

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