Featured Question with Forrest: Pirates and Treasures

pirateDear Forrest,

Had you read about other treasure hunts and their different methods used to hide treasure before deciding to write a poem?Β  Is there a reason you chose to write a poem? ~j


Thanks Jenny. I have read only about treasures that were hidden by pirates, and I wish I could find one of those. I wrote the poem in my book because I needed an avenue where I could present clues and start searchers on the chase. I worked on it for a long time and am pleased that it did its job so well. f



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81 Responses

  1. Project Why says:

    You did a good job Forrest. It’s pretty tough.

  2. Iron Will says:

    This poem was so well written it’s made me wonder what is harder to crack…

    TTOTC Poem, The Beale Cyphers, or a Slick?

    Maybe time holds the key.

  3. Jdiggins says:

    I think it’s perfect! πŸ™‚

  4. fred says:

    DID its job???

  5. Seeker says:

    Great question Jenny. Interesting f only read about hidden pirate treasure.

  6. Ed says:

    The better question should have been. What books influenced him with the chase poem. I do know of a book that I’m almost certain was a big influence. Graeme Base the 11th hour. This book even uses the term “The thrill of the chase”


  7. 23kachinas says:

    You next Gardiner’s Island dream will turn out well for you I hope! The first one on pg 133 of TTOTC being reincarnated as Captain Kidd seems surreal.

  8. deb says:

    Good to see you post Forrest. Now isnt that a nice coincidence that pirate stories were where you heard about hidden treasures? You know that makes me smile. πŸ™‚

  9. Is ff hinting that the poem’s job is over? Gotta believe “did” is meaningful.

  10. anna says:

    Houdini himself couldn’t find the key to cracking TTOTC. Layers and layers of mind blowing fun with a chest of jewels to drool over when day is done.

  11. 23kachinas says:

    One of my favorites from Forrest: “There is an appropriate quote in the Duveen biography by Secrest: β€œThey never knew that it was the chase they sought and not the quarry.”

    And another from the TTOTC book: “Olga was at peace at last and I suspected she may be having green tea with her father. Time had taken them apart but it eventually brought them back together.”

  12. locolobo says:

    “…because I needed an avenue where I could present clues and start searchers on the chase…..”

    So, the clues start, and some are presented, along an avenue??? Works well for me!!

    Thanks Forrest, hope you kept a warm cap on this winter!! πŸ™‚

    Good Luck to All!!

  13. G-5 says:

    DID: The past tense of DO…………….the chase is over folks.

    Seems to me that someone got their hands on Mr Fenns’ treasure and now is in works with Forrest on how (or when) they want to let the masses know. If I was a betting man, Id say sometime after Forrest biography comes out.

    Maybe this explains the lack of scrapbooks, Forrest not posting, maybe even Wolfs big story……………

  14. Mary says:

    Think this is his found it post?

    • G-5 says:

      I think there are a lot of pieces being moved behind the scenes that plan folks like ourselves are blind to. I also believe that if the treasure has been found a “straight shooting” person would let everyone know and not feed off the attention/pride.

      I think at this point in time with all the cryptic answers floating around, a good solid yes or no is what a honorable person should come forward with.


  15. Hammertime says:

    Ummm the whole goal of this was to get people off the couch and off of their texting machines… Not to be found.. I believe ff is referring to his that as to how it did its job so well..

  16. Crazy Horse says:

    Yes, The Poem did a great job, My wife and I are very pleased.

  17. Forrest Fenn says:

    There was nothing sinister about me using the word “did” in my answer to Jenny’s question. The poem did a good job in offering 9 clues to assist those who search for the treasure, and it is still doing the same good job. f

  18. Jonsey says:

    I might be wrong and maybe an English person can correct me but I think the “it” in the last sentence may be the “avenue”/”book” not the poem. I.e. “I put the stray dog under the awning because I wanted to provide it shelter to get away from the snow. I think it did it’s job well.” just a thought to consider that’s less intimidating to digest than some alternatives πŸ˜‰

    • Jdiggins says:

      Jenny, the book/ave was my thought, as well. πŸ™‚
      And Forrest, Indeed it IS doing a great job! Thank you for such an immeasurable gift! Your poem is beyond what any word could attempt to explain! Priceless is the one I will choose. πŸ™‚

  19. sinister = left

    nothing left = something right


    • astree says:

      a curious effect, the same thing occurred to me as I read the “sinister” remark – the phrase “there was nothing sinister about” has been used by other puzzle related parties.

      Another curious effect, I am pretty sure unintended – On my screen, the “is” and “si” of “sinister” and “assist” line up vertically, and “issi” means “dad” ( compared to “did” … not “dud” : ) ).

      Such is the chase.

    • astree says:

      To double the remark about “nothing sinister” to “nothing left” “nothing remaining” looked interesting, but looks like a stretch.

      However, the use of “sinister” as “left” and “The end is ever drawing nigh / near / left” piqued my ears a bit.

  20. Indy says:

    It’s no wonder he is posting less. When every word he writes gets picked apart like a deer in a den of wolves, it’s probably not that fun anymore.

  21. Fins up says:

    I hope thats not the case, i really enjoy his scrapbooks.I’ve learned a lot from those..Also if you guys see a guy riding a moped with illinois plates through the rocky mountains who looks like he’s getting by just on adventure and whimsy honk and wave at me.

  22. 23kachinas says:

    Maybe the thrill is gone for now. Life ebbs and flows, spring is around the corner to cheer us up with flowers. I’m looking forward to a trip home to WA state next week to see the family and the wildfire damage of the Carlton Complex fires.

  23. The Tweetest says:

    There is a reason he “worked on it for a long time” …he had to make everything line up.

    Hey Forrest, If I tell you where the pirate Jean Lafitte scuttled a boat full of treasure is …will you tell me where your trove is? TT

  24. Jdiggins says:

    It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,

    Amit Ray

  25. Paris says:

    Hi Forrest has anyone in the chase ever told you that they found something of yours or linked to you in their search that surprised you or curious on how they even linked it to you?

  26. Nate Beck says:

    Ahhh buried pirate treasure. Aarrghhhh…I LOVE it. Being a huge fan of books like Treasure Island as a kid, this subject still is a thrill. I often think that those who do end up finding pirate treasure take it without telling anyone. I know I prolly would myself….which makes me wonder….

    Has anyone here ever thought of the possibility that someone DID find Fenn’s treasure chest and just didn’t tell anyone?

    Makes me wonder. But it’s the fun and adventure that’s more rewarding to me anyway

  27. Project Why says:

    I guess I just don’t see where, by what he said, that people think this means the chest has been found. — “The poem did a good job in offering 9 clues to assist those who search for the treasure, and it is still doing the same good job. f” …..Seems straightforward enough to me.

    And if the treasure is ever found, I’m sure it will be found by one of us “big mouth bass”!!, …..so I doubt it will be kept too quiet. πŸ™‚ Besides, he’s already talked about and shown pictures of half the stuff in that chest, …..so, if you were going to sell any of it, besides the gold, how ya’ going to do that? …..Wait!! Don’t tell me. πŸ™‚ And, I mean, I myself would at least let him know and also return the bracelet, …..doesn’t mean anyone else needs to know who you are except for him. Right?

    I’m just trying to figure out that third clue myself………., or wait, should I say first clue……….?? πŸ™‚

    • Iron Will says:

      First of all PW… the Poem is STILL doing the same good job. WHY? because it hasn’t been retrieved yet.

      You’re trying to figure out the third clue? Then allow me to assist you in my unique way…

      Llamar Ranger Station.

      In the interest of self preservation, that is all I can say.

    • Ms. Coco says:

      Another guy that assumes too much πŸ™‚

    • JC1117 says:

      Hello, Project Why et al. I remember Forrest’s comment about the big mouth bass. That was funny. And I agree with you. If I was to find the treasure there would be very, very few people who would know about it before I told Forrest…which I would certainly do. Why not? If I found it what would I have to lose for hell’s sake? I mean…Heaven’s sake. I figure the fewer people that know about it the better when it’s first found. How and when and where and if Forrest would like to tell anybody would be completely up to him. πŸ™‚ I’m a nice guy …and very easy to get along with. Now where DID you put that treasure again, Forrest? πŸ™‚ I won’t tell. I mean…I WILL tell! After I find it…of course. πŸ™‚

      And, Iron Will, Llamar Ranger Station is a long way away from Carson National Forest. Oops! Now I’ve said too much! Where’s the delete on this keyboard? Maybe if I just press this butt

  28. Huck says:

    Terrific job on the poem Forrest! Loving the chase!

    • Spallies says:

      I agree with you Huck, Forrest did an awesome job! Maybe a little bit too much of a good job since nobody has found it yet πŸ™‚ But, a lot of fun just exploring looking for it though isn’t it πŸ™‚

  29. bajagold says:

    The poem that’s a painting written by an artist to create a masterpiece. Thanks Jenny, and also to the man behind the dream.

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