'It' and the First Clue

'It' and the First Clue

I decided to take a few minutes and add f's random words on Jenny's website (mysteriouswritings.com) from last Friday (1/6/17) to my list of comments and quotes.  I didn't follow any of the discussions from this comment, so what I have to say may already have been picked over like the chicken-run at my parents house.

'If you don't know where it is, go back to the first clue.'

I am sure people have kicked and discussed what f meant by 'it' around pretty good in the last few days.  I imagine some thought he was referring to the chest, others probably went back to the idea of what f is referring to with the various 'it's in the poem.  All good speculation.

As I sat here for a few minutes and thought about his statement, I couldn't help but wonder if f maybe built multiple meanings into his words; he's an expert at doing that. Obviously I thought about and considered f's other various statements about 'the importance of the first clue' as compared to a straight-forward interpretation of his random words; my take: "so if I go out and search, can't find 'it' (the treasure), then I should probably go back to the first clue."  

Ok, so probably not much there by way of any deep insights with the straight-forward approach, unless you are really shallow. Sure, I probably should indeed consider that I didn't get the first clue correct if I don't find the chest each time I go botg; but what about those who did get at least the first two, maybe even four clues correct?  Why would they want to go back to the first clue?  Let's face it, getting all nine clues correct is difficult... but at least it's not impossible, or so says f.

So what other meaning might f have designed into 'it' and his random words?  After looking at his statement for a minute, a thought popped into my head (I strive to have at least one each day) about the word 'it' in the poem.  'What if' f is telling us to go find the word 'it' in the poem; the first 'it' in the poem appears in 'Begin it where warm waters halt'.  And in so doing, did f just subtly tell us what the first clue is? A possible reverse play of words from his perspective and his understanding for finding 'it'?  'It' makes me wonder. 

'If you don't know where it is, go back to the first clue.'