New Mexico multimillionaire Forrest Fenn is excited about having you find a treasure worth millions — and apparently you are, too.
After tantalizing viewers with promises of riches on TODAY on Wednesday, traffic surged on Fenn's website as people sought to read a poem he wrote that contains nine important clues. His site crashed, so we wanted to give you the full text of the poem on TODAY.com.
Here is the poem from "The Thrill of the Chase," Fenn's self-published autobiography:
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 drawing ever 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.
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This story was originally published on Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:58 PM EST