I take it we’re supposed to be hearing something?
“It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are—perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, to see how many I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”
Good might also be somewhat important, otherwise Forrest probably would have used ‘listen well’ instead of ‘listen good’. And, if that’s the case (FF chose good for a reason), it makes ‘in the wood’ the likely key to that stanza.
So, what exactly does ‘hear me all and listen good’ mean?
Well, just like every other phrase in the poem, it could have a myriad of interpretations, each one just as viable as the last.
Right off the bat, this phrase makes you think of sound. So, something like Hellroaring Creek would fit the bill. Or any other place-name which describes something you hear or speak.
But, there are other interpretations which would work just as well. Chief Joseph gave one of the most famous speeches in American history (well actually in a letter):
So, let’s see if we can find a location that fits both HEAR ME ALL and LISTEN GOOD.
With no further ado, I present to you, the Lake of the Woods Solve:
Ear Spring is right by Old Faithful and Solitary Geyser (hear me all and listen good).
Amphitheater Lake right down from Lake Solitude (alone) in Grand Teton National Park.
Possible Indian Chief connections:
Any other lake/stream/creek with a name that means something noisy or audible.
Unlikely - but an elegant solve nonetheless. It’s nice how you are following power-lines the entire time from Home of Brown to the end. And, virtually every word in the poem is meaningful.
And, the location does seem to fit everything Forrest Fenn has said about placing the treasure. It’s the exact right distance from the closest parking space. It would be easy for an elderly man to accomplish. The location is beautiful and not well-visited. FF fished nearby constantly (this lake was stocked with fish when he was younger, but is barren now).
|As I Have Gone Alone In There|
|Keep My Secret|
|A Hint of Riches New and Old|
|Where Warm Waters Halt|
|Take It In the Canyon Down|
|Not Far But Too Far To Walk|
|The Home of Brown|
|No Place for the Meek|
|The End is Ever Drawing Nigh|
|No Paddle Up Your Creek|
|Heavy Loads & Water High|
|Tarry Scant with Marvel Gaze|
|Done it Tired and Now I'm Weak|
|Hear Me All & Listen Good|
|Worth the Cold|
|Brave and in the Wood|
|Title to the Gold|
|The Nine Clues|
|The Put In Below the Home of (Joe) Brown|
|The Lamar Ranger Station|
|Is the Fenn Treasure in Montana?|
|Begin and Cease|
|Kirwin the Frog|
|Art and the Treasure|
|Native Indian Place-Names|