By The Wolf
Before I begin it is important to note stanza six tells us how to read the poem. The most important instruction is to “listen good” and thus I strongly believe hearing the words is more important that the actual spelling.
The word that is key in this solution is focused around the word “it.” “It” will not only unlock the poem, but will guide the way…
Let’s begin unlocking the poem with AS, the chemical symbol for arsenic found in hot springs and a main contributor to Mr. Fenn’s kidney cancer, which is found near copper mines. We know the treasure is not in a mine but near a major copper mine that would have contaminated the drinking water is a good theory.
Forrest says treasures “bold” which is highlighting or hinting the plural form of treasures. The treasure state of Montana is the other treasure. Two hours north of Yellowstone near the snake town of Anaconda and Opportunity is a small town with a State Hospital called “Warm Springs” here the warm water forms a huge mineral mound as it drains into the confluence of the Silver Bow River.
Warm Springs is very straight forward definition of “where warm waters halt” because it is not a hot spring but a warm spring like the poem insists. What about spring? Halt is a German command used in military marching. March is the month in which Spring begins. Thus one reason why Forrest said “Begin it.”
“It” is what we “begin” to make and is important as an architect to gather the ingredients to make “it” – the engineering of “it” began here and the iron material is loaded onto the train (“take” is synonymous with trains), which also requires an engineer, at the “halt” (halt is a train stop) and taken “down” or south past the town of Opportunity through Durant Canyon satisfying “Take it in the canyon down.”
The next clue is the very telling clue, with much more information stored in this clue and is likely the reason Mr. Fenn named a book after it – “not far but too far to walk.” Many seekers think they have to quantify this vague distance, but why when the clue tells you how far to go and it tells you something else that will be needed at the end. Thus travel the train tracks as far as but not past Walk-erville because that is too far.
Put in below the home of Brown, everyone’s favourite clue. “Put in” is a nautical term meaning to “enter a port or harbour.” Because this is the Rocky Mountains, every searcher ignores this or reverts to the secondary meaning – river raft put in point. However just prior to Walkerville is the “Port of Montana” at Rocker, a main train/trucking transportation hub. We now have to find the home of Brown and go below there.
Brown is capitalized meaning the logical fit is a person’s name. At this point we reach our important poem described hint: “hint of riches new and old.” The hint is “riches” or Rich the name and there are some new Richards and some old Riches to be mindful of to help us solve the poem. The first old “Rich” is RichthoFen, the World War I flying ace “The Red Baron.” He even shares Forrest’s name “Fen.” There are many Browns to choose so there needs to be a ways of identifying the correct one. The poem’s word “quest” describes Arthur as a hint to King Arthur and his quest for the Holy Grail. “Title” as in “give you title to the gold” is the Noble Title of “Baron” and “King.”
The person accredited for shooting down The Red Baron is Arthur Roy Brown, Canadian flying ace from Carleton, Ontario, Canada. Thus the home of Arthur Brown is Canada, which is worth the cold. Canada as the home of Brown is hinted with, the poem’s line “And leave my trove for all to seek.” Leave or “leaf” is the national symbol of Canada and is prominently displayed on the country’s flag. In this case it is not the physical country of Canada but rather the name “Canada” as in Canada Creek that is the home of Brown.
We arrive just below Canada Creek (coincidentally just below Brown’s Gulch), which is also “no paddle up your creek,” however the paddles are not oars. “Your” as in “your creek” sounds like “Roy” (as in Arthur Roy Brown) spelled backwards.
From there it is no place for the meek because we trade in those paddles for rotor blades and we will paddle in circles in the rotary wing Tarhe helicopter to the continental divide, the “backbone” of North America. Spineless or meek people will not go here because they lack backbone. The meek won’t fly either.
But before we take off, the iron and architect “it” are offloaded from the train to assemble the six pieces of “it” coincidentally represented by the poem’s six stanzas.
“The end is ever drawing nigh” has several meanings. The rotor blades circle counter clockwise or “nigh” representing “ever” and those who are about to die or know someone who has died, will ever go there to pray or pay their last respects.
Tarhe is a famous Indian chief from the Porcupine tribe who lost the use of his right arm at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, which is now known as Toledo, thus he draws nigh or is left handed. Tarhe was a peaceful leader and he is both “Brave and in the wood.”
“Just heavy loads and water high,” describes the Tarhe helicopter for it is a Vietnam era helicopter converted to the S-64 Skycrane whose purpose is to carry heavy loads of water and release that water load onto forest (or should I say) “Forrest Fires.”
“When you have been wise and found the blaze.” The blaze is the sun and thus the reason for the past tense use of “found,” since one finds the sun every day. Found is also short for foundry, because that is where the architect Laurien Eugene Riehl and Leroy Lee built “it” out of iron. Owls are wise and are known for their ability to look 180 degrees or the opposite direction as hinted by the poems opposite words “warm/cold” and “new/old,” thus one has to turn around and look with your back to the sun and look at the shadow “it” cast and look down very quickly at a precise date and time.
“Buttary scant with marvel gaze” the oddest descriptive line in the poem. But (or Butte, Mt where “it” resides) Tarhe (sound like tarry) helicopter from the Air National Guard in Nevada assembled “it” and damaged the right arm (draw nigh) in the process. With marvel or “Marvell” which is a type of sundial which distinctly uses an arrow as the pointer. “Gaze” is to look at the sun’s shadow. The sun is a star and gaze is synonymous with “star gazing.” The poems instruction – so why is “it” that “eye” must go, also tells the seeker to use “it” as an obelisk because the “eye” is the sun. The Egyptians often referred to the sun as the “eye”s of particular gods. The poem’s “I’ve done it tired” confirms this as the tire or “wheel” is direction to treat “it” like a medicine wheel. Medicine wheels generally tells us when is the first day of Spring.
“I have done it weak” or “week” hints to a day on the calendar. At precisely 2:42 (too far to) pm solar time on the first day of Spring or Fall (equinox) the shadow of “it” will precisely mark the spot on a 42 degree angle (the same angle as a rainbow – Fenn’s rainbow) where the treasure is buried. Spring was derived at the beginning of the poem (Warm Springs) but we now look at it differently: not a water spring but the season Spring and we do in fact look at it as if for the first time as the seeker has come full circle or ever drawing nigh. According to the Book of Days, the first day of Spring occurs on day 79 or 80, which is coincidentally the age Forrest claimed to have hidden the treasure.
But what is “it,” this obelisk, that casts this shadow? We have yet to answer “take the chest and go in peace.” “It” is “peace.” “It” is Our Lady of Peace or Our Lady of the Rockies, a 90 foot dollerd or Madonna, representing the Virgin Mary that is perched precisely on the continental divide at “Saddle Rock.” Saddle is another word for “in the wood,” overlooking Butte, Mt. Our Lady of the Rockies or “It” is a non-denominational tribute to all women of the world, especially mothers and it is Fenn’s special rainbow. A tribute to Mr. Fenn’s mother, wife and two daughters – nothing else can be more special than them?
The final hint of “Rich” is an old Rich, Richard Weatherill, Mr. Fenn misspelled his name incorrectly in his memoir, and since he “can keep my secret where” or “wear,” indicated the finder of those 22 beads in his bracelet is important. One of the registered owners of Our Lady’s land is Jean Withers. Sounds very similar to weather as in Weatherill and Jane Withers. Jane is Josephine the plumber, infamous for the comet cleanser jingle – “Comet tastes like gasoline” which is almost exactly like Fenn’s quote, “porcupines taste like kerosene.”
Mark your calendar for Sept 23 and watch the fun! Happy birthday Mr. Fenn!
To read more about The Woolf’s adventures www.findingfenn.com/#!books/cnec
The following poem only solution was derived from the following blog research:
The following blog posts provide the “poem only” support for this part of my solution
“The Prediction” break down of the poem’s word usage:
“IT” is our Lady of the Rockies.
As I have gone alone in there
AS- arsenic source the start point that cased Forrest’s cancer.
And with my treasures bold,
Bold mean highlight treasures plural – Treasure State Montana
I can keep my secret where,
Where sounds like wear Richard Weatherill’s bracelet,wear is a nautical term used to define “put in”
And hint of riches new and old.
Hint of Rich the name, old Riches (Richard Weatherill and Rich-tho-Fen (Red Baron); new Richard Blake
Begin it where warm waters halt
Warm waters is Warm Springs, Mt; Halt is a train station, military marching command, March is in Spring
And take it in the canyon down,
“Take” the train from Warm Springs down south to the Durant Canyon
Not far, but too far to walk.
Too far is Walk-erville, stop just prior; sounds like 2:42 (time)
Put in below the home of Brown.
“Put in” nautical term for go to Port of Montana at Rocker; home of Brown is Canada (Arthur Roy Brown shot down Red Baron)
From there it’s no place for the meek,
Flying is not for meek; meek are spineless thus go to backbone of North America – Continental Divide
The end is ever drawing nigh;
Ever drawing is a circle (rotary wing and circle back to the beginning to solve the end); draw people who are close to end of life and to honour those whose lives are always ending; nigh is left side of horse or saddle
There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
Canada Creek is a dry creek; Five Paddles of the Tarhe helicopter; “your” sounds like “Roy” spelled backwards and middle name of Brown. Your Brave (Tarhe) is Canadian, thus “your” brave and “your” creek are Canadian
Just heavy loads and water high.
Tarhe Helicopter carries heavy loads of water high in the sky; fly high to the clouds
If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
Blaze is sun, “found” because you always see the sun and foundry is where Our Lady was fabricated from Iron; “wise” like an owl and look backward to see the shadow, not the sun
Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
At precisely 2:42 on the equinox or first day of spring (or fall) look quickly down at the shadow which marks the spot of the buried treasure. Quest hints to King Arthur quest for the Holy Grail and noble titles and first name of Brown which is Arthur.
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Butt or Butte, Mt; Tarry sounds like Tarhe helicopter that assembled our Lady of the Rockies; Scant is masonry cut rock that Lady sits on; use Our Lady as a marvell (type of sundial) or obelisk to cast shadow from the sun. Gaze synonymous with star gazing and sun is a star.
Just take the chest and go in peace.
Peace – describes the nearby church and the Virgin Mary Madonna which is a replica of Our Lady of Peace
So why is it that I must go
I or “eye” is the Egyptian word for sun (eye of Ra)
And leave my trove for all to seek?
“leave” or leaf is the national symbol of Canada
The answers I already know,
I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak.
Tire or wheel hints of medicine wheel which tells you when it is Spring or the time the shadow will be cast; week sounds like “weak” is a hint to use a specific time.
So hear me all and listen good,
Listen to all words – ignore how they are spelled.
Your effort will be worth the cold.
Canada is synonymous with cold; effort is F (forrest) Fort Worth or his mother. The Lady honours all women.
If you are brave and in the wood
Indian Brave is Tarhe which means by the tree, the Crane or helicopter; in the wood is “Saddle Rock” in which Our Lady resides.
I give you title to the gold.
“Title” is a Noble Title like King Arthur and Baron); Arthur first name of Brown and Baron is the Red Baron who Brown shot down.