Winston Churchill Said it Best….

Winston Churchill is not looking for Forrest Fenn's treasure chest...

Winston said, “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.” Alright, maybe he wasn’t talking about Forrest’s poem but he might as well have been. Its an apt description.

Have you ever written a riddle?

It occurred to me after an email exchange with Bob that I have never tried to write a riddle poem like Forrest’s and if I did I might learn something. Deconstruction is often a good way to learn how something was built. But you need tools to deconstruct a riddle poem and since I never wrote one, I didn’t know how to start.

Bob is out there looking for the treasure and sent along this great article on writing a riddle. Reading it, and trying the exercise gave me additional insight into how a good riddle poem is designed. And besides…it was fun!

The article is intended as a classroom aid for teachers and is made available through Read/Write/Think. Its very appropriate for those of us looking for the treasure chest….or just trying to make sense of Forrest’s poem.

Thanks Read/Write/Think…and thanks Bob….


5 thoughts on “Winston Churchill Said it Best….

  1. I found it with help from crazyfamily

    Dal, I am sure you remember that the little girl from India was the lark of Jenny Kile, who inserted it into a question she asked me. It might just as well have been a boy from Waxahatchee, where my father was born, or an Arab kid from Marrakech, a city that Winston Churchill said was the most beautiful place in the world. He was an excellent artist and I once sold his oil painting of that city. We are getting a lot of mileage from that little girl from India, doncha think? –Forrest Fenn

  2. May I offer another quote by Churchill (which seems strangely appropriate)?

    “I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.”

    Browns?? Hmmmm…..

  3. I was rummaging through the blog and saw a comment by LabRat above. Then I read the article Dal wrote… I don’t believe I have seen this post before. Apparently most may not have as it only has three prior comments.

    I heard mention before about Churchill’s painting, so I google Marrakesh oil painting by him. Hoping to see what it looked like. What I found interesting ~ and has nothing to do with the chase ~ photos of Churchill painting left and right handed. While being ambidextrous is not unusual, yet not common, I was surprised to see someone ‘painting’ with both hands. I wonder if that give a higher value to a painting?
    Now I’m gonna try Dal’s and Bob’s suggestion on writing a riddle poem… I wonder if Focused ever gave this exercise a try… I’d like to see the outcome of that little project.

    • This thread has only a few comments…which seems odd given the poem is a riddle. I do remember when this was posted by Dal…but was wrapped up in an earlier debunked solve theory. How did your poem riddle exercise work out Seeker? I bet you didn’t get far…

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