The ninth clues of the poem, but not the last one that Forrest gave seems pretty simple, but what reality is may be in question. Let talk get a better understanding
“If you are brave and in the wood ”: This phrase does call us to go search. It almost appears that this was a ‘By the Way’ type statement. As in, you have made it this far, but there is one more thing. Most searchers believe this is synonymous for ‘in the woods’. So is Forrest just telling us to look in the woods, a tree, stacked lumber, or perhaps is it just in a wooden box? If we go back to English 101, we see that this prepositional phrase should actually have a coma after it, but it does not. Since Forrest generously uses copious comas in the rest of the poem, is this phrase hinting at something more? Well, if we read it the way it is written, it needs to be related to the next phrase of ‘I give you title to the gold’
“ I give you title to the gold.”: This phrase is commonly excepted that Forrest is giving us title to the gold when we find it. It has been warned that if the treasure is found on National Forrest’s or National Park’s property you cannot remove abandoned items from the property. It has also been said it is a law in New Mexico that the owner of the property receives ½ of any found valuables. These concerns have serious liabilities, but if Forrest is giving you the title, maybe you are just retrieving lost property. However, you will still need to pay taxes. (Of course, you always pay taxes). There have been some schemes on how to remove the treasure, but the best policy may be to tell the truth.
So going back to the ‘in the wood’ and no coma, Forrest may just be telling us that just because we started on the journey, we have title to the gold. It may also indicate that we have to find it hidden in, around, or behind something wooden (i.e. a grove of trees). Either way we must be ever diligent. We will see the treasure exposed or wood may be blocking our view, but Forrest has given us the title.
|Sentence Clue||Discussion of Meaning|
|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.||1. The clues are hinting to both old and new secret riches. A cypher of old riches, (Nine Mile Hole in Yellowstone) hinting toward new riches: The treasure.|
|Begin it where warm waters halt and take it in the canyons down, not far, but too far to walk.||2. Start your search at the bottom of a canyon of a hot spring fed river (or any river) flowing into a river (or dam) and travel some distance in the river [likely defined by clue #1].|
|Put in below the home of Brown.||3. Launch your quest below the home of Brown. (also start any cypher [Clue #1] measurements here)|
|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.||4. You will find rough and rugged rocks at a bend in the river, while traveling up steam passing large rocks with water above you.|
|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.||5. Wisely find the marker/path, the treasure will be below this blaze, don’t wait, grab and go. Tell folks once you and the chest are secure.|
|So why is it that I must go and leave my trove for all to seek?||6. Transition clue which indicates the end of the clues for the cypher and the rest of the clues only relate to the new treasure.|
|The answer I already know, I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak.||7. Forrest is familiar with and enjoyed times at the hiding location; he was tired when he hid the chest.|
|So hear me all and listen good, your effort will be worth the cold.||8. It may hint at hiding it up north, but don’t ignore the other clues. It may just be a warning to be prepared. Look for something that might appear frozen or or hint at cold.|
|If you are brave and in the wood I give you title to the gold.||9. It may be in the in around or behind wood, but Forrest has given us the Title|
With these clues, I wish you luck in finding the Treasure. I am going on a trip this weekend to test these theories. I will tell you the exact locations of where I search and why I think they meet these clues, when I’m finished scouring the area. You may use the information as you like, once I am complete or share them with friends; Enjoy. If this has been helpful, please let me know.
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