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: alliteration, alone, alternatives, ascension day, attitude, beautiful, brave, bravery, confidence, confident

Form: Free Verse


Comments about ~ I Choose The Mountain~ by Howard Simon

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  • Sujan Azad Parikh (7/5/2018 1:58:00 AM)


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    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (7/7/2018 7:20:00 PM)

    You are most welcome Sujan. Thanks for taking the time and for you positive comments. Excellent blessings!

  • Petals Azureblue (6/30/2018 5:56:00 AM)


    My mantra henceforth. So brilliantly put together... Like a war song. Thanks for sharing Mr Simon. (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (6/30/2018 10:18:00 PM)

    I am highly honored just to know that you have made this poem you mantra. Wow! Wow! Wonderful! Be bountifully blessed always!

  • Susan Williams (6/29/2018 6:46:00 PM)


    WooW! ! Actually double WoW! ! ! I did not know you have been on this site this long [2008]. WoW! ! That takes incredible devotion to writing while putting up with some very odd trolls that occasionally walk this site. And WoW! ! ! for this incredible poem! Beautiful, well crafted, inspiring! 10 million 10's and onto my fav list (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (6/30/2018 10:19:00 PM)

    Thanks Susan. It is poets like you that have kept me on this site all these years. Thanks for you excellent affirmation. Be bountifully blessed always!

  • (6/26/2018 6:39:00 AM)


    Lovely, you painted it really good.

    Keep on writing
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    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (6/26/2018 7:07:00 AM)

    Thanks for expressing the artistry found in my poem. Glad you liked it. Be always blessed!

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (6/24/2018 11:34:00 PM)


    I choose the mountain and i shall never stop climbing.
    This is a line, i like to read again and again. It is a line full of divinity and helps me to develop spiritually.

    Dear Howard, so many votes have already come to you. May i add to it - like a drop more into the ocean!
    10 - A step higher towards the mountain top. I pray you reach the peak! :)
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    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (6/25/2018 7:28:00 AM)

    Excellent gratitude to you my friend Geeta. I am highly honored for you wonderful words!

  • Chandan Dey (6/12/2018 2:03:00 PM)


    I choose the mountain - a choice of wise and brave. We're all knowledge fighters in the life's battle field, but we acquire knowledge only when we choose the rock-strewn path, not the plain. Thank you very much for sharing this poem with us.
    Chandan
    Chandan
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    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (6/25/2018 7:29:00 AM)

    Thanks you very much for you wonderful positivity. Be blessed always!

  • Dr Dillip K Swain (6/9/2018 5:45:00 AM)


    This is piece of poetry which is just immaculate! My pleasure reading it time and again! (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (6/25/2018 7:31:00 AM)

    Much thanks to you my dear friend Dr. Swain... You are such an inspiration to poem hunter! Be always blessed!

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (5/29/2018 12:59:00 PM)


    Dear Howard,
    This is a wonderfully inspiring poem.I would like to read this poem every day of my life.

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

    You are truly a motivational poet. I bow down before your wisdom.
    Thank you a million times Howard. Stay blessed always.
    (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (6/5/2018 9:44:00 PM)

    Dear Geeta, Thanks a million for you wonderful words about my poem, I am highly honored.

  • Mahtab Bangalee (5/29/2018 3:36:00 AM)


    excellent -

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

    Yeah I can rise above all pain


    10++++
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    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/29/2018 10:29:00 PM)

    Much appreciation Mahtab for you wonderful appreciation of my poem. Be bountifully blessed!

  • (5/27/2018 2:45:00 AM)


    Each line of your poem shows your wisdom and your will to never to stop, no matter what...A great poem..Many thanks for sharing this.. (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/29/2018 10:28:00 PM)

    Thank you very much for you wonderful words about my poem! Be blessed to overflowing!

  • Robert Murray Smith (5/26/2018 8:37:00 PM)


    Howard, a wonderful inspirational write. We should always prepare ourselves for life. It will always be more satisfying to know that we have done our best. (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/26/2018 10:59:00 PM)

    Thank you very much for you positive remarks Robert!

  • Muzahidul Reza (5/25/2018 10:21:00 AM)


    Intending to go upwards sincerely overcoming all difficulties is great ambition, indeed, great motivation is clear in this poem...... thanks for sharing the poem with us (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/25/2018 12:33:00 PM)

    Much thanks for you kind appraisal of my poem. Glad you like it. Be blessed always!

  • (5/24/2018 11:34:00 PM)


    Nice, I choose the mountain, I choose the mountain cos you can see all the plain just one little bit. Not sure on the climbing though, I would sit and watch, the birds flying, animals and the weather. (Report) Reply

    (5/25/2018 8:20:00 PM)

    Thanks for joining the journey. The ascension is exhilarating!

    (5/25/2018 12:42:00 PM)

    Thanks for joining the journey!

  • Indira Renganathan (5/23/2018 6:29:00 AM)


    A poem allegorical to life....Excellent....this poem also reminds me of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.....a meaningful poem with a meaningful title....thank you very much (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/24/2018 11:36:00 PM)

    Much gratitude and blessings to you Indira for you kind words about my poem.

  • Deep Paul (5/17/2018 10:55:00 PM)


    Very expressive and inspiring..thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/18/2018 2:55:00 PM)

    Excellent gratitude Paul for you positive perspective about my poem. Be bountifully bless always!

  • (5/17/2018 1:07:00 PM)


    typical mediocre 19th-century rhyming poem expressing a trite life lesson. Jeezus. Read some good contemporary poetry, puhleeze. This kind of stuff has been wrung dry of any interest fifty years ago. (Report) Reply

    (5/17/2018 1:53:00 PM)

    Thanks for sharing your pointed perspective Carter! Indeed-one man's mountain is another man's valley! I certainly will take a look at a few of your poems to see what I can learn! Thanks for your candid comment!

  • Britte Ninad (5/16/2018 5:03:00 AM)


    First two lines-

    The low lands call
    I am tempted to answer

    -are tuning the full poem greatly.. wow.. great++10
    (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/16/2018 8:21:00 AM)

    Thanks you very much my friend!

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 16, 2018


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