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

  • 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!

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  • (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!

  • (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!

  • Eve Roper (5/15/2018 9:16:00 AM)


    nicely done, I too would choose the mountain, but because they are seren (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/16/2018 8:23:00 AM)

    Thank you for your wonderful positivity! Be blessed!

  • Dr Dillip K Swain (5/15/2018 4:39:00 AM)


    Such a brilliant reason behind choosing the mountain! A great piece of poetry! It’s my great pleasure reading it time and again my friend! (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/16/2018 8:24:00 AM)

    Much gratitude to you my friend!

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (5/14/2018 1:01:00 PM)


    Great poetry here...
    I choose the mountain
    .....
    Because only by climbing
    Can I rise above the plain...

    Great confidence...
    (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/16/2018 10:04:00 AM)

    Thanks for you great affirmation my friend. Be bountifully blessed!

  • Alam Sayed (5/13/2018 12:18:00 AM)


    Though the poem reminds of another great poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, your poem is pleasant to read, and you added a different touch by using mountain imagery. (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/16/2018 10:07:00 AM)

    Wow! Robert Frost? He is one of the all time great poets. Thanks my friend!

  • (5/12/2018 7:47:00 PM)


    Moutions. Peom (Report) Reply

  • (5/1/2018 8:24:00 AM)


    It stinks grow up kid (Report) Reply

    (5/16/2018 10:10:00 AM)

    The mountain mindset can do that. It brings the best and worst out of us... Keep climbing my friend!

    (5/13/2018 9:07:00 AM)

    What stinks? Whom do you advise to grow up? Please, clarify.

  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/29/2018 10:56:00 AM)


    Choosing mountain over plane is an expression which prepares us for challenges. (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/16/2018 10:13:00 AM)

    Yes indeed! Thank you very much! Be bountifully blessed!

  • Ordia Michael (4/23/2018 7:16:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem and very inspiring (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/16/2018 10:14:00 AM)

    Thanks a lot! Be bountifully blessed!

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/16/2018 10:05:00 AM)

    Thanks my friend! Be bountifully blessed!

  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/21/2018 5:44:00 AM)


    Love the expression of feelings, hope you will never ascend the mountain (Report) Reply

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  • Bipasha D (4/5/2018 8:34:00 PM)


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

    An extremely inspiring poem. I am glad I came across it. Goes into my poem list.
    (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/16/2018 10:11:00 AM)

    Much gratitude for you positivity. Be bountifully blessed my friend!

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (4/3/2018 12:04:00 PM)


    Congrats on being one of the top 500 members! This is a very good poem...You made a very difficult choice indeed. Living, by itself, is like climbing a mountain and you don't necessarily have to choose another mountain for yourself. Even while living on a plain, life will still be like a mountain. Day in and day out, you keep coming up against new obstacles and you have to keep ascending them... (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/16/2018 10:12:00 AM)

    Thanks for your affirmation my friend! Be bountifully blessed!

  • (3/30/2018 12:57:00 AM)


    Such a great way of depicting our zeal to transcend. (Report) Reply

    (5/16/2018 10:13:00 AM)

    Gratitude to you! Be bountifully blessed!

  • (3/22/2018 4:02:00 PM)


    to long no wonder 6th place (Report) Reply

    (5/16/2018 10:15:00 AM)

    Thanks for sharing! Which part do you think can be condensed? Be bountifully blessed!

  • (2/22/2018 11:10:00 PM)


    I choose, I choose the mountain
    With all its stress and strain- - beautiful poem- -
    (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/16/2018 10:16:00 AM)

    Thanks for your kind affirmation! Be bountifully blessed!

  • Jez Brul (2/13/2018 7:24:00 PM)


    Yes it's true, it is in the mountain that u can see the beauty of a panoramic view. The climbing and all the experiences in doing so will mould you into a better person...Great choice.10 (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/16/2018 10:18:00 AM)

    Much gratitude my friend! Be bountifully blessed!

  • Frank Adie (1/7/2018 12:45:00 PM)


    Highly insightful! A naked exposition of the reality that success is a product of man's daily resolution to conquer obstacles. I like it. (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/16/2018 10:18:00 AM)

    What wonderful affirmation! Be bountifully blessed!

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 16, 2018


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