Forrest Fenn Poem Facts
Although I have previously written a post called, Forrest Fenn Treasure Facts, which includes the known facts surrounding Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure, I haven’t written one specifically on the known facts surrounding just the Poem.
I realize they are similar. But as more statements by Forrest Fenn are being made and Questions are answered by him, I got to wondering what has been said concerning only the poem. I thought it might be a good idea to begin to separate them.
Sure it is still vital to know the Forrest Fenn treasure facts, like for instance; the treasure is above 5000 feet, it’s not in Idaho or Utah, it’s not in a graveyard, it’s North of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and so on. But if one understands the meaning to his Poem, these facts become known, because it is the Poem that gives the precise location.
And, yes, the treasure facts are excellent to help confirm or disprove a possible location, but it is still ultimately the Poem which leads a searcher to his secreted bronze treasure chest filled with Gold and other amazing items.
So what has Forrest said to which could help understand the meaning behind the 24 written lines that leads a person to the end of his rainbow and this valuable treasure?
The following are some items that have been said in regards to specifically the Poem in Forrest Fenn’s The Thrill of the Chase and how a searcher can go about finding his treasure:
*All you need to find the treasure is the Poem.
*Don’t mess with his poem.
*The Poem contains nine clues.
*Begin at the beginning.
*The clues are in consecutive order.
*Where warm waters halt is not a dam.
*The book is sprinkled with hints which can help with understanding the Clues.
It seems the First Clue is of utmost importance. Forrest has said the following remarks:
The most common mistake that I see searchers make is that they underestimate the importance of the first clue. If you don’t have that one nailed down you might as well stay home and play Canasta. f (from QwF 6/2/2014)
You should start with the first clue and follow the others consecutively to the treasure. Hints in the book are not that organized.f (from Order of clues and Hints: Featured Question with Forrest)
What surprises me is that so many ignore the first clue in the poem. Without it all the searcher has is the memory of a nice vacation. Although many have tried, I doubt that anyone will find the blaze before they have figured out the first clue. f ( from FQwF: First Clue Importance)
The poem is straight forward with no subterfuge in sight. (from FQwF: Which Clue)
Forrest says when he wrote the poem he wasn’t playing any games. He said it took him 15 years to write the poem, and changed it many times. He felt like he was an architect writing the poem and each word is deliberate.
He has also said that if a person reads the poem over and over again and deciphers the first few clues, they can find the treasure chest.
The following two quotes are from Forrest. They were posted on Dal’s site in April 2014. They seem like great points to keep in mind when trying to understand the meaning behind the Poem:
It seems logical to me that a deep thinking treasure searcher could use logic to determine an important clue to the location of the treasure. Is someone doing that now and I don’t know it? It’s not what they say on the blogs that may be significant, it’s what they whisper. f
Some searchers overrate the complexity of the search. Knowing about head pressures, foot pounds, acre feet, bible verses, Latin, cubic inches, icons, fonts, charts, graphs, formulas, curved lines, magnetic variation, codes, depth meters, riddles, drones or ciphers, will not assist anyone to the treasure location, although those things have been offered as positive solutions. Excellent research materials are TTOTC, Google Earth, and/or a good map. f
In Six Questions More with Forrest Fenn he says, “Many are giving serious thought to the clues in my poem, but only a few on in tight focus with a word that is key.”
When asked if knowledge of US history was required to interpret the clues in the poem, Forrest says: “The only requirement is that you figure out what the clues mean. But a comprehensive knowledge of geography might help.f (from FQwF:Warm Waters and Geography)
The following was also part of the above linked to Question/Answer post:
There are a few words in the poem that are not useful in finding the treasure Phil, but it is risky to discount any of them. You over simplify the clues. There are many places in the Rocky Mountains where warm waters halt, and nearly all of them are north of Santa Fe. Look at the big picture, there are no short cuts. f
Question posted 5/28/2014 concerning the Blaze in the poem:
Is the Blaze one single object? ~ Scout Around
“In a word – Yes.” f
Question posted 6/25/2014 concerning the clues:
Did the same 9 clues exist when you were a kid and to your estimation will they still exist in 100 years and 1000 years? !Thanks ~Ron
Thanks Ron, thoughtful questions.
The clues did not exist when I was a kid but most of the places the clues refer to did. I think they might still exist in 100 years but the geography probably will change before we reach the next millennia. The Rocky mountains are still moving and associated physical changes will surely have an impact. If you are in the year 3,009 it will be more difficult for you to find the treasure.f
(All for now. Will update as more facts about the Poem come around)
The Forrest Fenn Poem:
As I have gone alone in there
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.
Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.
From there it’s no place for the meek,
The end is ever drawing nigh;
There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.
If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Just take the chest and go in peace.
So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?
The answers I already know,
I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak.
So hear me all and listen good,
Your effort will be worth the cold.
If you are brave and in the wood
I give you title to the gold.
Please feel free to add any other facts about the Poem of Forrest Fenn’s in comments below. Thanks!
And Best of Luck to whatever you seek!