Howard Simon


Progressive Rolling - Poem by Howard Simon

I saw some rocks
Skipping down hill
They jumped so joyfully
It gave me a thrill

Dislodged by falling rain
They seemed so proud to be free
They seemed to have been aware
Of their brand new destiny

Like rolling rocks
Be on the move
Every turn and tumble
Your position to improve

Even when removed
From a peak real high
Keep on progressing
And never say die





This poem was motivated by an actual experience of seeing rocks rolling down a hill while driving through a rain storm.


Comments about Progressive Rolling by Howard Simon

  • Luke Hobbs (9/1/2018 10:23:00 PM)

    The childlike inquisitiveness and joy of the moment are infectious in this poem. I live in a place where I've been fortunate to see many rocks that were proud to be free... and have helped free a few, just for the fun of watching. The personification just pulls you right into the experience of being there. (Report)Reply

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (8/26/2018 10:33:00 PM)

    This wonderful write will find its way in any class of readers and
    even those who cannot understand or hate poetry, this poem will find its way
    to their hearts because of the clarity, beauty and wonderful message it delivers.10+++ and on to my Poem List.
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    Howard The Motivational Poet Simon(8/27/2018 3:20:00 PM)

    Gratitude for your kind affirmations Rose. May you always and forever be empowered!

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (8/26/2018 10:26:00 PM)

    The penultimate stanza and the final stanza are so moving.
    The way you pen your poems are so clear that even an ordinary layman could
    understand the meaning and wisdom of this write.
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  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (8/26/2018 10:23:00 PM)

    One of the most inspring poems I have ever read aside from your best poem, I Choose The Mountain and Something Big.
    What a brilliant write. You were able to conceive a poem on rolling rocks. Only a great poet can formulate such idea and weave them into a marvelous poem.
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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (5/21/2018 5:05:00 AM)

    The third stanza invokes human beings to embrace every turn and tumble of life! The conclusive stanza provides a strong message to us that even after being removed from a top position, we should not lose heart rather we should enjoy life like a piece of rolling rock and Keep on progressing without losing heart, with a ‘never say die’ attitude! What a beautiful poem! Well penned my friend! (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (5/21/2018 5:05:00 AM)

    .....‘I saw some rocks skipping down hill’. The poet is absolutely thrilled with the rolling rocks! What a keen sense of observation! In the second stanza, I find a sense of joy of the rocks that are having a sublime bath and cherishing their freedom! (cont..) (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (5/21/2018 5:04:00 AM)

    ‘I saw some rocks skipping down hill’. The poet is absolutely thrilled with the rolling rocks! What a keen sense of observation! In the second stanza, I find a sense of joy of the rocks that are having a sublime bath and cherishing their freedom! (cont..) (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (9/27/2017 7:24:00 AM)

    Like rolling rocks..Be on the move/ Every turn and tumble/Your position to improve..Wonderful! Such a great poem! Congrats! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Obigod Chidi Cece (3/28/2017 1:48:00 PM)

    Yes, you have the eyes of a genius. (Report)Reply

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  • Payal Priya (3/22/2017 3:16:00 AM)

    Finding motivation in a rolling rock..that's true genius.Thanks for sharing this marvel contain in four quatrains😊 (Report)Reply

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  • (12/26/2016 1:13:00 PM)

    Howard, they don't call you motivational for nothing. Every thing about this poem is so inspirational. From the title (too bad The Rolling Stones never thought of it) to all that vivid imagery. And wow dislodged by falling rain (perfect for both the rocks and state of mind) .
    I sincerely hope that poems like this and many of your others will continue to inspire all of us. Some of us have/had friends who are/were in palliative care. On their dying bed, it's our gift to them to surround them with positive energy. Whether it's poetry like yours, or art, or music, it brings a smile to their face. And how great of a parting gift is that!
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  • Nosheen Irfan (1/27/2016 12:40:00 AM)

    The title Progressive Rolling is very impressive. (Report)Reply

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  • Nosheen Irfan (1/27/2016 12:39:00 AM)

    Awesome. A very positive lesson delivered in a heart-warming manner. Thanks for sharing. Truly beautiful. (Report)Reply

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  • Nel Omofolarin (8/5/2015 8:19:00 PM)

    Truly motivational piece.I love this work (Report)Reply

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  • Clarence Prince (7/20/2015 6:55:00 PM)

    Keep on progressing A nice advice!
    Well done, Simon!
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    Howard The Motivational Poet Simon(7/20/2015 7:53:00 PM)

    Thanks my friend Clarence!

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  • Godfrey Morris (6/17/2015 10:29:00 PM)

    Congratulations great poetry my friend. (Report)Reply

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  • Kim Barney (6/17/2015 9:23:00 AM)

    This poem really rocks!
    (But have they given any thought about what they will do when they get to their destination?)
    Congrats on Poem of the Day!
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/17/2015 8:56:00 AM)

    It game me a thrill with the muse of nature. Nice work. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/17/2015 6:29:00 AM)

    This is a fine example of descriptive poetry. Going through an experience, dangerous and describing it in simplest way. Hats off for this poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Jasbir Chatterjee (6/17/2015 4:00:00 AM)

    quite in contrast to the cliche Rolling stone gathers no moss. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 11, 2009

Poem Edited: Monday, January 19, 2009


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