First: I have, and perhaps not for the last time, come to a conclusion that the nine clues in the poem are exactly in the following order, and that each complete sentence represents a single clue, i.e., “Begin it where ware waters halt and take it in the canyon down, not far, but too far to walk.” is one clue, not three. To wit:
- 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.
Second: The first clue in the poem indicates that Fenn hid the treasure in New Mexico.
Third: The poem is not a map.
Shelley and I will explain it further in our next vlog, due on April 26, 2017. I’ll add the link to the video on this page, once the vlog is published.
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