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

  • (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

  • (12/26/2016 1:13:00 PM)

    Progressive Rolling
    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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  • (1/27/2016 12:40:00 AM)

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

  • (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

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

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

  • 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 Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (7/20/2015 7:53:00 PM)

    Thanks my friend Clarence!

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

    Congratulations great poetry my friend. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • (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

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

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

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (6/17/2015 3:56:00 AM)

    great poem, certainly deserves to be poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (6/12/2015 10:57:00 PM)

    To appreciate and wonder of those simple things in life, Is the most precious thing!
    Inspiring words Howard.
    Our world truly needs to stop and appreciate every moment in between the chaos of life we have created.
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  • Hazel Durham (6/7/2015 8:46:00 AM)

    I love this great write full of your wisdom, so uplifting and thought provoking! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (5/12/2015 12:24:00 AM)

    Very inspirational write with profound insight! The fall from the heights needn't be regretted! Perhaps you many land on a beautiful plane like the stones rolled down! (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (5/9/2015 9:15:00 AM)

    Like rolling rocks
    Be on the move
    Every turn and tumble
    Your position to improve- - Wow- such an inspirational poem!
    Even when removed
    From a peak so high
    Keep on progressing
    And never say die- - - - - Came across this gem today.Thanks to the poet for sharing this poem.A great insight indeed.Every turn and tumble of life is a step toward progression.
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  • (4/14/2015 9:18:00 PM)

    There is great joy...when things are rolling down hill. A great world view and a fantastic poem.10 (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (12/11/2014 10:08:00 PM)

    how can someone garner 213 comments? ? ? i guess you really motivate people to read and comment! ! !

    i must say i was pleasantly surprised by this little gem. nice rhyming, and story/moral-of-sorts. and thanks for the poet's note. i too get inspired at times by very simple observations.

    but i disagree with never say die, at least if taken literally. i hope i die before i get too old. the old, the infirm, the ill, etc. could do a service to others if they died more quickly, before they spend the majority of their time making work for others and not doing much good for themselves. some will call this harsh thinking, but i believe it. making it easier for people to choose death over an 'uncomfortable' life, and making it less of a social stigma (choosing death) could be a boon for mankind.
    thanks for sharing. i'll risk sending it to MyPoemList. :) bri
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    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/20/2015 9:16:00 AM)

    Bri. Never say die does not mean that one never dies but that one never gives up... Thank for your usual thoughtful comment...

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/15/2014 9:27:00 PM)

    Rolling stone's movement is traced with words..words that gave here the feeling of joy and freedom..rain as a symbol of struggle to get the's dynamics are maintained by the poet ..Very invigorating Howard so nice of you to share a thoughtful poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 11, 2009

Poem Edited: Monday, January 19, 2009

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