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 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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  • Bronze Star - 2,976 Points Kelly Kurt (3/27/2015 8:44:00 PM)

    Wise choice.. great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tara Strickland (3/23/2015 10:39:00 PM)

    Does anyone know if this is a ballad or free verse? Need it for a school project thank you (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,566 Points Amitava Sur (3/17/2015 4:26:00 AM)

    Liked this spirited poem with a determination of ascending attitude. A motivating write.Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,367 Points Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/16/2015 2:20:00 AM)

    This is one of the best poem I have read. Really motivating one. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,367 Points Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/16/2015 2:20:00 AM)

    This is one of the best poem I have read. Really motivating one. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,367 Points Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/16/2015 2:07:00 AM)

    This is one of the best poem I have read. Really motivating one. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,785 Points Bernard Snyder (3/9/2015 4:10:00 PM)

    Always keep climbing. Very nice poem my friend! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 25,798 Points Akhtar Jawad (12/20/2014 7:27:00 AM)

    Some opt for the easy life and they pass an average life. They remain merged in the common crowd and very few know them. Those who are fond of adventures conquer the difficult heights and their names shine on the sky as stars. It's a great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,556 Points Bhargabi Dei Mahakul (11/9/2014 2:28:00 AM)

    I have a choice t choose, I must be wise......wonderful composition really shared on. Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,373 Points Patricia Grantham (10/15/2014 7:34:00 PM)

    I love the positive affirmations in this write. Aim for the
    best and you will get the best. Getting ready to climb.
    Excellent write Howard. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points Sj Holland (8/1/2014 12:51:00 PM)

    Hi Simon: Thanks for reviewing my poem Black On Black. I like this verse you've written about a wise choice. The flow is good, with easy rhyming cadence. I enjoyed the message in choosing what strengthens us. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 543 Points John Ugolo Umah (7/29/2014 4:53:00 AM)

    It has become a choice with every man to either choose to grow or to remain at the low lands, but thank God for this poem, Howard you teach us to make choices of good places, higher lands and that's the mountineous tops in every thing we do. Thank you Poet Howard for this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,450 Points Electric Lady (7/22/2014 10:38:00 PM)

    What a very inspiring poem. Wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 25,092 Points 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,560 Points 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

    Veteran Poet - 1,489 Points 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.

  • Gold Star - 16,065 Points 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,842 Points Babatunde Aremu (7/19/2014 1:20:00 PM)

    A highly motivational work! Give me the mountain. I am ready to climb. Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,027 Points 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie Anoushka Sinha (2/27/2014 10:04:00 AM)

    so beautiful words... truly astounding! ! (Report) Reply

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