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From there it’s no place for the meek, the end is...

Forrest Fenn’s treasure poem has six stanzas and nine clues.  

The 3rd  stanza:

The third stanza contains two commas, one semi-colon (the only one in the poem) and one period, making for one single sentence (with two independent clauses).

Interestingly, the third line is in the future-tense.

The use of the semi-colon sticks out like a sore thumb.  The only semi-colon in the entire poem.  Why did Forrest want this stanza to be only a single sentence, when it’s clearly two?  Does this lend credence to the 9 Clues are the 9 Sentences theory?  It seems to…

Is there a relationship here to the Meek Brothers, Joe and Stephen?  Joe Meek was run off by Blackfoot Indians just yards from a put-in below a home of Brown.

Does ‘heavy loads’ refer to electricity?  Or a heavy weight?  High-waters are the type of pants Steve Urkel wears.  They come in handy when wading in ankle-deep streams or creeks.

Creeks and streams appear to play an important role in the Fenn Puzzle.  But, why don’t we need a paddle up our creek?  

And, why is it ‘our’ creek anyway?  How are we in possession of this creek?  Is it named after us somehow?

The entire stanza may be referring to a single location (which might explain why it’s only a single sentence over four lines of poem).  If that’s the case, we’re looking for a place with a scary named waterfall.  Almost nothing else would fit:

So, we are looking for ______ Creek Falls.

There is a Duck Creek Falls in Wyoming, and oh look, it’s feet away from Hay Canyon (a canyon down).  If you follow Duck Creek in the opposite direction, the first thing you come to is Pole Creek (pole not a paddle).  Next up is House Log Creek (heavy load) and Shellhart Fish and Stock Reservoir (water high).  Then Mertz Draw and Wallace Draw (drawing nigh).  The Pinto Rocks could be a blaze.

Only two other stanzas are comprised of a single sentence (1 & 4).

Possible Interpretations:

There’s a Crow Creek Falls in Montana.

In Colorado, we have:

Perhaps we are searching for a creek which ends on our left.  Better yet if it’s a dry creek bed (no paddle would be of use in that situation).  Better still if the creek is named after you, or a person.

Water high could be a waterfall, reservoir, high mountain lake, gulch, gully, etc...

Other Ideas...:

Probably the 2nd most important stanza in the poem.  VERY IMPORTANT

Solving this stanza is tantamount.  You won’t find the treasure chest or the gold coins until you know exactly what everything in this stanza means.  Not as important as the Second Stanza, but nearly so...

The Verdict: