I was reading Richard Saunier’s blog about searching for Forrest’s treasure. I noticed he had posted an article about the nine clues that Forrest has said are in his poem. The question Richard poses is what lines constitute the nine clues? I’ve had a similar conversation with friends and searchers about what nine parts of the poem Forrest counts as clues. It’s sort of like counting angels on the head of a pin I guess. I mean it’s an academic question more than a practical one. What does it matter if there are nine or five or fifteen clues…as long as you can identify them as clues and follow them to the treasure. But since Richard started this I figure I should jump in..Even though it looks to me like there are more than nine clues too…
So here goes:
The Thrill of the ChaseBy Forrest Fenn
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.
CLUE #1Begin it where warm waters haltCLUE #2And take it in the canyon down,CLUE #3Not far, but too far to walk.CLUE #4Put in below the home of Brown.CLUE #5From there it’s no place for the meek,CLUE #6 The end is ever drawing nigh;
CLUE #7 There’ll be no paddle up your creek,CLUE #7aJust heavy loads and water high.CLUE #8 If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,CLUE #9 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,
CLUE #9a Your effort will be worth the cold.
CLUE #9b If you are brave and in the wood
I give you title to the gold.