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

  • (12/24/2018 9:27:00 PM)

    Wow, very beautiful (Report) Reply

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  • (12/21/2018 2:26:00 PM)

    Sounds like Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken (Report) Reply

  • Christina Chin (12/13/2018 7:06:00 AM)

    Beautifully crafted... Good. (Report) Reply

  • Dipti Deori Borah (12/11/2018 3:40:00 AM)

    Nice poem....nice words (Report) Reply

  • Amir Marandi (12/5/2018 5:38:00 PM)

    Great words with awesome message behind them. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (12/4/2018 12:50:00 PM)

    Really well worked good use of metaphor (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (11/28/2018 10:37:00 AM)

    This is not a poem ever to pale to my mind.
    When the chips are down...and I come close to inspect how they fell...always the mountain I will find beckoning to be climbed.

    Your poem is sublime and timeless.
    Again thank you for creating and sharing poet Howard.
    (Report) Reply

  • (11/17/2018 8:05:00 PM)

    i plan to include this in December 2018's showcase of poems, found on my PH sight most months. Thanks. (Report) Reply

    (11/20/2018 8:00:00 PM)

    Gratitude for your kindness Bri!

  • (11/14/2018 10:44:00 PM)


    To “Free” I Flee

    If a dwelling is free upon the plain,
    I choose “free”! Also, “climbing” is….
    a pain in my ……
    ……behind! !

    TO MyPoemList yours goes.

    You needn’t respond to my comment on the poem’s page, as I rarely return, & never to look for a response. :)
    (Report) Reply

    (11/26/2018 9:53:00 PM)

    Grateful that you have added my poem to your poem list. Thanks!

  • (11/14/2018 10:43:00 PM)


    I only see ONE punctuation mark, a comma, in the whole poem, but, in this poem, the scarcity of punctuation marks bothered me very little; in some poems it bothers me a lot, and slows me down and interferes with my understanding.

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  • (11/14/2018 10:42:00 PM)

    Ph 'says' there are 1430 comments on this poem, though many are from the author, ....not that it is his 'fault' PH counts his; I THINK PH does.
    this is #27 on PH's list of Top 500 Poems. i'll agree it is a likeable poem, AND i like it better than SOME others which i've read tonight from the list! !

    (Report) Reply

  • (10/26/2018 2:16:00 AM)

    We all must rise to the highest peak to reach our full potential.
    A great poem.
    (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (11/1/2018 7:25:00 AM)

    Gratitude and blessings to you my friend!

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (10/21/2018 11:33:00 PM)

    I cannot choose both
    I have a choice to make
    I must be wise
    This will determine my fate

    Dear Howard, these beautiful words motivates me to make a choice and to differentiate between the eternal and non-eternal.
    (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (11/1/2018 7:27:00 AM)

    Wow! Wow! Wonderful! There is no greater choice that we can make than the choice of the eternal my dear friend Geeta. Gratitude to overflowing!

  • Annette Potgieter (10/17/2018 1:14:00 AM)

    I choose the mountain.... low lands bring instant reward. The mountains give birth to a conqueror, with lasting internal gratification. Thank you for sharing a beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • (9/29/2018 6:19:00 AM)

    REZA HUNTER HERO AND U will ZERO (Report) Reply

    (11/1/2018 7:25:00 AM)

    Indeed choosing the mountain can bring out the hero in us. Keep climbing Reza!

  • Petals Azureblue (9/22/2018 12:36:00 PM)

    (Last part)

    Choose the mountain top and conquer there with pride
    Flexing achy abs yet stepping forth with hero's glide
    That's the way to graduate from male to man
    Grapple the rough to earn yourself what's fine

    Choose the mountain
    Any the time man
    (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (9/22/2018 12:35:00 PM)

    I'm back....haha... I did say this poem became my mantra. I just had to greet it again. So here goes:

    Part 1. When lofty destination is in mind
    Look not at pebbles underneath you foot
    Leave vale and dale all trailing far behind
    Scale mountains to the top your truest truth

    Till tears and sweat shall stain your dusty face
    Using brain and brawn to win this grinding race
    With heavy roughened boulders at your shoulders
    Bearing the brunt of storms and bitter winter showers
    (Report) Reply

  • (9/17/2018 3:49:00 PM)

    I choose, I choose the mountain
    With all its stress and strain- A great poem has been written-10
    (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (11/1/2018 7:23:00 AM)

    Thanks my friend for your points of positivity. May bountiful blessings be yours!

  • (8/29/2018 12:54:00 PM)

    master piece , great poem (Report) Reply

    (11/1/2018 7:20:00 AM)

    Wow! Much appreciation for your wonderful words. May bountiful blessings be yours!

  • (8/29/2018 7:42:00 AM)

    I love the poem it is very inspiring (Report) Reply

    (11/1/2018 7:19:00 AM)

    Glad you like it my friend! Thanks for your kind sentiments. May bountiful blessings be yours!

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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