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

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (6/23/2017 3:44:00 PM)

    I cannot choose both
    I have a choice to make
    I must be wise
    This will determine my fate... centralising in one attempt we must succeed. It has beautifully painted in this poem. Thanks.
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  • Pritam Bhowmick (6/9/2017 12:12:00 AM)

    wonderful poem sir. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (5/23/2017 7:14:00 PM)

    The essence of motivation is within this fine poem.+++10 (Report) Reply

  • Jefferson Carter (5/18/2017 11:31:00 AM)

    Howard, this kind of inspirational, rhyming, sing-song verse went out of style in the 1940s. You need to immerse yourself in good contemporary poetry if you want to improve as a poet. Check out my new website:

    Let me know what you think of it. Yrs, JC
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  • Bharati Nayak (5/14/2017 12:53:00 PM)

    I choose, I choose the mountain
    With all its stress and strain
    Because only by climbing
    Can I rise above the plain
    - - - - - - - -Most inspirational poem. It is also my most favorite poem.Thank you for sharing.
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  • Jeanette Telusma (4/22/2017 8:28:00 PM)

    So motivational.. it was a great read. Thank you! (Report) Reply

  • Brian Mawadri (4/22/2017 2:52:00 PM)

    I enjoyed this, well written........ (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2017 5:52:00 AM)

    Very uplifting and a good reminder to always choose the right pass. A 10+++. (Report) Reply

  • Oratile Diratsagae (4/14/2017 11:59:00 PM)

    this is so good. peace (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Hutchinson-morgan (3/18/2017 4:21:00 AM)

    Beautifully crafted. The determined human spirit.
    Please read my poem Night in a similar vein. https: //
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  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (3/7/2017 3:24:00 AM)

    Beautiful, Howard, the persistent hope is there in the human will to continually ascend. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Mawadri (3/1/2017 3:59:00 PM)

    great job with the poem. thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Kathy Van Kurin (2/27/2017 7:53:00 PM)

    Howard Simon,
    What a joy to read this' fight with joy to have life poem' My words of course. Anyway, I choose the mountain just sings. With each rise and fall of intonation it could be put within a tune so pretty. so yea.............The massive mountain makes its move........beckoning me to ascend.........a much more difficult get up the slippery bend. The whole thing is so meaningful. So bless you for giving your voices to many who could use some encouragement on this life path.........................Blessings to you in life and writing..... Kathy
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  • Tapera Makadho (2/11/2017 12:41:00 PM)

    What a powerful poem and difficult choice! There is no manna..., sweat, blood teem to reach greatness. (Report) Reply

  • (1/6/2017 3:58:00 AM)

    I will read again!
    Wow! This is a very encouraging poem. I will read it again. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/31/2016 4:09:00 PM)

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    we all make decisions and it is the hard ones which we generally benefit the most from? (Report) Reply

  • (12/10/2016 6:30:00 AM)

    Choose The Mountain
    A wonderful poem that encourages us to accept the challenges on the path of life. So powerful on how to make choices. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (12/5/2016 1:11:00 AM)

    A poem so fluid
    It's a great poem ever written and published on this site. (Report) Reply

  • Queeny Gona (11/24/2016 11:32:00 PM)

    Choosing the path is a primary step for individual's progress and there by ascending ahead to reach the goal is the climax. This poem is presented in an inspirational tone. Thank you for the share! (Report) Reply

  • (11/24/2016 7:57:00 PM)

    We all have choices, I would choose the mountain with it's adventure and learning too. Great poetry! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Poem Edited: Friday, April 7, 2017

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