The Universal Fenn: The Temporal Component in Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Poem


Although the Universe, in its grand scale, is not concerned with, nor does it measure its existence in time – we do, and, so does Forrest Fenn.

Fenn is very much a creature of time. He’s documented the past in his books. He lives in the present – his present, being from 2010 to today. And, the future, especially in the sense of how he contemplates, or perhaps, even desires, it to be.

Many times, when he speaks, or when he writes, he considers time in an approving way, rather than being fearful of it, as perhaps we would expect an elderly man to be. Fenn is not only at peace with time, he respects, and perhaps even admires it.

Therefore, isn’t it possible, Fenn has incorporated the temporal in his treasure poem?

Imagine Time in The Poem

There are at least two lines in Fenn’s poem, that, to us, are temporal.

The first is, “And take it in the canyon down, not far, but too far to walk.” We shall reserve the discussion of that riddle for a later article.

The second is, “If you’ve been wise and found the blaze…”

How wise would one have to be to find the blaze? Perhaps wise enough to consider the temporal component?

What We Imagine

Assumption: Fenn hid the treasure around his birthday, August 22 – a date closer to the Autumn Equinox than it is to the Summer Solstice.

Fact: There are 24 lines in the poem, (assumption) each representing an hour of the day, beginning at Quad Zulu, or midnight.

Fact: “If you’ve been wise and found the blaze…” is the 13th line in the poem, (assumption) representing 1300 on a 24-hour clock (1pm).

Hypothesis: Fenn hid the treasure in a location where the combination of the sun and the local topography create the blaze – a temporary one requiring a searcher to be at the precise location at the precise moment the blaze appears – thus requiring wisdom.

Where do you want to be at 1pm on August 22?

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