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 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


Comments about ~i Choose The Mountain~ by howard simon

  • Veteran Poet - 1,450 Points Frank Davis, Sr. (5/1/2015 6:42:00 PM)

    Inspirational piece recommending taking the higher road.
    Excellent, Howard! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Stephen Tunney (4/30/2015 12:42:00 PM)

    Great poem! I enjoy how this can be applied to overcoming obstacles in life.In order to make our own fates we must climb our own mountains. It is so easy to give into baser wants and fall into what is easy, BUT to reach our untapped potential it is important to strive for the top. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 341 Points Jafta Maduna (4/13/2015 9:13:00 AM)

    wow i love this poem (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 619 Points val Rogers (4/5/2015 5:50:00 PM)

    I Choose the Mountain is a grade A poem. Quite enjoyable. A 10 from me. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,565 Points Kelly Kurt (3/27/2015 8:44:00 PM)

    Wise choice.. great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tara Strickland (3/23/2015 10:39:00 PM)

    Does anyone know if this is a ballad or free verse? Need it for a school project thank you (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,049 Points Amitava Sur (3/17/2015 4:26:00 AM)

    Liked this spirited poem with a determination of ascending attitude. A motivating write.Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,199 Points Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/16/2015 2:20:00 AM)

    This is one of the best poem I have read. Really motivating one. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,199 Points Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/16/2015 2:20:00 AM)

    This is one of the best poem I have read. Really motivating one. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,199 Points Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/16/2015 2:07:00 AM)

    This is one of the best poem I have read. Really motivating one. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,977 Points Bernard Snyder (3/9/2015 4:10:00 PM)

    Always keep climbing. Very nice poem my friend! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 27,496 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

  • Silver Star - 3,653 Points Bhargabi Dei Mahakul (11/9/2014 2:28:00 AM)

    I have a choice t choose, I must be wise......wonderful composition really shared on. Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,005 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

  • Freshman - 566 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 - 5,888 Points Electric Lady (7/22/2014 10:38:00 PM)

    What a very inspiring poem. Wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 27,708 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,726 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

    Veteran Poet - 1,785 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 - 16,082 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

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Poem Edited: Tuesday, November 13, 2012


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