The End is Ever(ard) Drawing Nigh
Clue four contains the four lines of stanza thee. What the meet of the poem only one clue? Yup, one clue and it is a good one. The first line "From there there it's no place for the meek." My last post (No Place for the Meek) identified the "it" as the continental divide, but where on the continental divide?
The next three lines tell us where to look on the continental divide and the line, "The end is ever drawing nigh" also foreshadows something precise about the treasure location (to be revealed later). One thing most beginner searchers overlook is the word ever. They feel it means "getting close" but we need something that is "ever" drawing nigh. I believe Mr. Fenn uses a subliminal technique to support the answers to other clues within the poem. For example, he uses the word "end" which from a body part is "butt" which subliminally suggests Butte. Yah I know it is a big of a stretch and that is why is so effective.
Pam Shetron gained much attention when she suggested Christ of the Mines was the chest of the body and that "ever" is short for Everand. Fenn denied that he knew of the place yet he was somehow inviting her into his home, sipping the Jacky Kennedy brandy so there is something about her or her solve that is interesting to him. So what is it? I think it is Everard Jean Hinrichs (aka Eric Slone) plays an important role in this solution. Ever is short for Everard and he draws and paints, old barns and clouds are his specialty. Clouds produce rain and rainbows and we are looking for Fenn's rainbow. Eric (Ever) Slone also painted the wall mural in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum complete with a a large clouds and a rainbow. Fenn has hinted to this previously when he said in scrapbook 169 , "Eric’s depiction of an airplane flying above the clouds on the front of my bronze is a take-off of his 59 x 75 foot mural that’s on the wall of the National Air and Space Museum in the Smithsonian." and has suggested his treasure will appear in the Smithsonian someday, all hints to Everard.