“What If” the poem is not about finding a chest full of gold, but rather a poem about crossing over to the other side?
In 1988, Forrest was diagnosed with cancer. We know very little about his battle with cancer, other than the fact that he is a survivor. “What If” he died, but was one of the fortunate few who came back, before fully crossing over to the other side? “What If” Forrest wrote the poem to tell us how to prepare for that journey that we will all take at one point or another?
I firmly believe that there is a hidden bronze chest of gold out there, and that the poem holds the secret to finding that chest, but I also believe that the poem could be about that “crossing over”.
“As I have gone alone in there…”
As I went into that very special place that we must each go into alone, for no one can accompany us on this journey. Others may be at our side, and even hold our hand, but this is one journey that we each must take ALONE.
“And with my treasures bold,…”
As I go into this very special place, I take with me all of the memories of my time spent here on earth. My life flashes before me in an instant. Time seems to stand still as I remember every moment of my life – The good, the bad, and the ugly.
“I can keep my secret where,…”
Having crossed over that threshold, but was able to return, I know where this special portal lies, but I can keep it a secret, until I once again must use that portal.
“And hint of riches new and old.”
Having crossed over, I was able to look back upon my life and all of its riches – My friends and my family. Ones that were closest to me, and meant the most to me. But, I can also see the wonders that exist “On the other side.”
“Begin it where warm waters halt…”
Where must this journey begin? It is said that the body is composed of 99% water. The blood that courses through our bodies is truly our “Life’s blood.” We are warm blooded animals. Once our heart stops beating, our “Life’s blood” ceases to flow through our body, and we soon begin to cool.
So, our journey begins at that place where the heart ceases to beat, where our “warm water” ceases to flow through our body. It may be in a hospital, it may be in a wrecked automobile, or it may be in a Grove of Pines somewhere within the Rocky Mountains somewhere 8.5 miles north of Santa Fe. The spot may be of our choosing, or “Fate” may select the spot for us.
“And take it in the canyon down…”
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” Psalms 23:4 describes the trip down the canyon.
“Not far, but too far to walk.”
The journey from this side, to the next, will happen in the blink of an eye, and yet will encompass possibly millions of miles.
“Put in below the home of Brown.”
In order to take this journey, unafraid, one must have faith that there is another reality after death. Monks, whether Buddhist or Christian frequently wore Brown cassocks in days of yore. This Brown cassock, is a symbol of religious faith – regardless the denomination or sect. So, on your journey to the other side, put your faith in whatever religion or belief that you have relied on during your journey on this earth.
“From there it’s no place for the meek…”
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” On your journey, you can see the earth quickly fading from view. This will no longer be your home. Other, even grander places await you.
“The end is ever drawing nigh;…”
The end of your final journey is fast approaching.
“There’ll be no paddle up your creek…”
On this journey, there will be no need for paddles, nor any other means of conveyance or locomotion. Just think it, and you will be there.
“Just heavy loads and water high.”
You are the product of every moment that you have lived. Some religious beliefs call it Karma. By whatever name, we each are responsible for every act and thought that we have had while living on this earth. We do not shed these acts when we cross over to the next realm. For some, this will be a heavy load.
In the Christian bible there is the following: The Second Day: Firmament Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.… Truly, Water High.
“If you’ve been wise and found the blaze…”
If you’ve been wise… If you have gained wisdom about living in this life, you have also gained wisdom about facing death… For those who have had “Near death experiences”, many describe it as walking into a brilliant light. This must have been what Forrest experienced – the celestial blaze.
“Look quickly down, your quest to cease…”
As you enter the brilliant white light that is the blaze, look quickly down, back at the life that you are now leaving…Your quest to know what is on “The other side” is about to be fulfilled.
“But tarry scant with marvel gaze…”
Don’t stare in wonder at the world you are leaving, nor at the new world you are about to enter.
“Just take the chest and go in peace…”
Don’t question what is about to happen, just take the gift that you are being offered, and move peacefully into your new realm.
“So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?”
Why must I die, and leave my loved ones behind, wondering where I have gone and what awaits me on the other side?
“The answers I already know,…”
Since I have crossed over once before, I already know what to expect, and I am not afraid.
“I’ve done it tired, and now I am weak.”
Having lived a full and wonderful life after having once crossed over, I am now tired and weak, and look forward to my second crossing.
“So hear me all and listen good…”
Please pay attention. What I have had to say is important to you, and your upcoming journey.
“Your effort will be worth the cold…”
Crossing over is not easy. Letting go of this life is not easy, but it is something that we each must do, and it is not to be feared. Soon your body will be cold, but that is OK. It was only a vessel to carry your life’s vital energy, that is now entering a new realm.
“If you are brave and in the wood…”
If you have faced the crossing over bravely, just as you have faced so many other challenges in this life, the outcome is not to be feared. As you now lie in your “Pine Box” – you will have already crossed over.
“I give you title to the gold.”
You have crossed over, your reward will be to forever walk in peace on “Streets paved in gold”. In reality, there are no streets here, for there is no need. All you have to do is think it, and it shall be a reality.
As I said at the beginning, I fully believe that there is a bronze box filled with gold and precious gems hidden out there somewhere, and that the poem has the secrets to finding it. I also believe that what I have just described above is also possible.
TRY to STAY SAFE all.