howard simon


~I Choose the Mountain~


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 plane

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

I choose the mountain

Submitted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Edited: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/20/2014 10:40:00 AM)

    Choosing mountain is the apt and most recommendable thing together with ascending the journey always which is the symbol of activism, hope, comfort, and positive approach on worldly matters and also anxious to know what the mountain top and other side the world is. Nicely written such a beautiful poem liked. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (7/19/2014 10:34:00 PM)

    Choosing mountains over valleys show your boldness and optimism dear Mr Howard Simon. Why are you not writing new poems sir? (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (7/20/2014 10:45:00 AM)

    Thanks for asking my friend Dinesh. I am working on one right now I hope to post it soon.

  • Mandolyn ... (7/19/2014 3:53:00 PM)

    i choose mountains! over valleys...
    but i know this is a metaphor. climbing/hiking is good
    in the emotional and physical sense. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (6/26/2014 9:48:00 AM)

    This poem can be read over and over again, yet one will never cease to get inspired!
    No wonder it has earned 552 comments and 269 votes, average being 9.1.
    I haven't read all the poems of this site, but this undoubtedly is one of the most read, most honorably evaluated poems. Well done again! (Report) Reply

  • Excel Famson (4/11/2014 9:38:00 PM)

    A masterpiece of a poem that seems to get better every time it is read. Highly motivational! (Report) Reply

  • Sj Holland (2/26/2014 8:01:00 PM)

    It takes courage to choose the way of learning. Nice verse. Commitment simply stated. The first and third stanzas are my favs. Thanks Howard, for reading my poem Determination. I shared your poem link, think the title is I Am A Failure at one of my G+ groups. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (2/24/2014 4:35:00 PM)

    Beautiful words Howard and I am with Savita on his great comment.... Stay inspired to inspire. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (2/19/2014 11:59:00 AM)

    A Wonderful Inspirational poem..Very true said,
    I choose Mountain
    If I stop climbing then I am descending...
    Very thoughtful write....Really this poem inspires one to choose mountain. Thanks for sharing with us.
    This poem is no doubt climbing to top with as good as 548 comments... (Report) Reply

  • Erika Wingo (2/15/2014 4:50:00 AM)

    So rich and full with meaning. Made me feel thoughtful, inspired, hopeful and ready to choose the mountain myself! (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (12/30/2013 11:24:00 PM)

    This is a sparkling piece of a gem,
    So I unhesitatingly give it a ten!
    The rhyming pattern is a bit different, but perfect.
    The theme is inspirational, so it's got its respect.
    544 comments and 261 votes, is no mean a feat,
    Climb on my friend, until your mission is complete.

    With greetings for a very happy 2014, (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (12/30/2013 8:43:00 AM)

    It's an inspirational write. The real test of human spirit is in climbing the mountain. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Lacovara (12/28/2013 6:55:00 PM)

    While I can attest to the draw of conquering the mountain, I have often found myself lingering in the foothills...
    Perhaps hesitant to discover if the summit would be the pictured plateau I had imagined...I do hope you continue your quest....PEACE (Report) Reply

  • Ocklawaha Holt (12/26/2013 9:50:00 PM)

    You chose the road less traveled by though it be harder. Has that made all the difference for you? (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (12/25/2013 1:35:00 AM)

    From the mountain top the view is good and neat
    And the low lands valleys their own mysteries keep
    And either choice can be beautiful and just as sweet
    Depends on whether we want to shine or merge with the misty deep.........

    Very good poem Sir but I am a bit torn for choice between the high mountain and equally enticing valley or low lands (Report) Reply

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