Lane
Two twenty two
You’ll see an arc of lights
Weight and roots extended
Together saved the site
Of granite walls
Wind swept halls
Citadel in the night
A wingless bird ascended
Born of ancient dreams of flight
Beneath the only standing member
Of a forest
To the south
White stone closest
At twelve paces
From the west side
Get permission To dig out.

Fortress north Cold as glass
Friendship south
Take your task
To the number Nine eight two
Through the wood
No lion fears
In the sky the water veers
Small of scale
Step across
Perspective should not be lost
In the center of four alike
Small, split,
Three winged and slight
What we take to be
Our strongest tower of delight
Falls gently
In December night
Looking back from treasure ground
There’s the spout! A whistle sounds.

At the place where jewels abound
Fifteen rows down to the ground
In the middle of twenty-one
From end to end
Only three stand watch
As the sound of friends
Fills the afternoon hours
Here is a sovereign people
Who build palaces to shelter
Their heads for a night!
Gnomes admire
Fays delight
The namesakes meeting
Near this site.

If Thucydides is
North of Xenophon
Take five steps
In the area of his direction
A green tower of lights
In the middle section
Near those
Who pass the coliseum
With metal walls
Face the water
Your back to the stairs
Feel at home
All the letters
Are here to see
Eighteenth day
Twelfth hour
Lit by lamplight
In truth, be free.
Beneath two countries
As the road curves
In a rectangular plot
Beneath the tenth stone
From right to left
Beneath the ninth row from the top
Of the wall including small bricks
Seven steps up you can hop
From the bottom level
Socrates, Pindar, Apelles
Free speech, couplet, birch
To find casques destination
Seek the columns
For the search.
Of all the romance retold
Men of tales and tunes
Cruel and bold
Seen here
By eyes of old
Stand and listen to the birds
Hear the cool, clear song of water
Harken to the words:
Freedom at the birth of a century
Or May 1913
Edwin and Edwina named after him
Or on the eighth a scene
Where law defended
Between two arms extended
Below the bar that binds
Beside the long palm’s shadow
Embedded in the sand
Waits the Fair remuneration
White house close at hand.
At stone wall’s door
The air smells sweet
Not far away
High posts are three
Education and Justice
For all to see
Sounds from the sky
Near ace is high
Running north, but first across
In jewel’s direction
Is an object
Of Twain’s attention
Giant pole
Giant step
To the place
The casque is kept.
View the three stories of Mitchell
As you walk the beating of the world
At a distance in time
From three who lived there
At a distance in space
From woman, with harpsichord
Silently playing
Step on nature
Cast in copper
Ascend the 92 steps
After climbing the grand 200
Pass the compass and reach
The foot of the culvert
Below the bridge
Walk 100 paces
Southeast over rock and soil
To the first young birch
Pass three, staying west
You’ll see a letter from the country
Of wonderstone’s hearth
On a proud, tall fifth
At its southern foot
The treasure waits.
The first chapter
Written in water
Near men
With wind rose
Behind bending branches
And a green picket fence
At the base of a tall tree
You can still hear the honking
Shell, limestone, silver, salt
Stars move by day
Sails pass by night
Even in darkness
Like moonlight in teardrops
Over the tall grass
Years pass, rain falls.
In the shadow
Of the grey giant
Find the arm that
Extends over the slender path
In summer
You’ll often hear a whirring sound
Cars abound
Although the sign
Nearby Speaks of Indies native
The natives still speak
Of him of Hard word in 3 Vols.
Take twice as many east steps as the hour
Or more
From the middle of one branch Of the v
Look down
And see simple roots
In rhapsodic mans soil
Or gaze north
Toward the isle of B.
Pass two friends of octave
In December
Ride the man of oz
To the land near the window
There’s a road that leads to
Dark forest
Where white is in color
With two maps
After circle and square
In July and August
A path beckons
To mica and driftwood
Under that
Which may be last touched
Or first seen standing
Look north at the wing
And dig
To achieve
By dauntless and inconquerable
Determination
Your goal.
Where M and B are set in stone
And to Congress, R is known
L sits and left
Beyond his shoulder
Is the Fair Folks’
Treasure holder
The end of ten by thirteen Is your clue
Fence and fixture
Central too
For finding jewel casque
Seek the sounds
Of rumble
Brush and music
Hush.

6 Comments

  1. CoMa

    I maintain that this verse is meant to be read bottom to top. Which also leads me to believe the image is to be looked at upside down.

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  2. Cole

    So I’ve theorized before that the verse is to be read bottom to top,or upside down, and thus the image would be as well. Adding to this, if we imagine that the hat is the same shape as the island that Montreal is found upon, where the rest of Quebec is North, then the mainland of Canada is the body of the person in the image. I have a doctored image that would show the streets correlating if one flips the image this way. But I’m unsure how to post images here if it is at all possible.

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  3. Canuck

    Lane – A.T. Lane was one of the founders of the Montreal Bicycle Club in the 1870s

    222 – The 222s were a Montreal based punk band active in the late 1970s and early 1980s

    Tired of all the people who insist Verse 5 isn’t Montreal, Verse 5 IS Montreal!!!
    I don’t agree with having to read the verse bottom to top, the first couple lines of the verse are there to confirm Montreal as the city to associate it with and nothing more.
    Great podcast, keep up the good work!

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  4. Dutch

    ####VERSE####
    ————————————————————-
    #Lane#
    ————————————————————-
    a : an ocean route used by or prescribed for ships
    b : a strip of roadway for a single line of vehicles (Metro, Expo Express or Hovercraft??)
    c : air lane
    ————————————————————-
    #Two twenty two#
    ————————————————————-
    2202
    2 20 2
    222 (555 = Location number of Terminus Heli and Hovercraft of Expo67)
    II XX II
    There are +-22 Canons in Saint Helen Island Fort
    ————————————————————-
    #You’ll see an arc of lights#
    ————————————————————-
    Biosphere de Montreal
    Jacques Cartier Bridge
    Gilles Villeneuve Circuit
    ————————————————————-
    #Weight and roots extended#
    #Together saved the site#
    #Of granite walls#
    ————————————————————-
    Ile Sainte-Helene
    ————————————————————-
    #Wind swept halls#
    ————————————————————-
    Long-abandoned building underneath Jacques-Cartier Bridge
    Site of Expo 67
    ————————————————————-
    #Citadel in the night#
    ————————————————————-
    Tour de Lévis (Lévis Tower)
    Saint Helen Island Fort
    St. Helena Island Lighthouse (Why in the night + also build on painted white rock)
    ————————————————————-
    #A wingless bird ascended#
    #Born of ancient dreams of flight#
    ————————————————————-
    Helicopter, blimp or some boat??

    Rollercoaster Goliath build in 2006 (End of rollercoaster is build on/close to Heli-port)
    555 Terminus Heli-hover
    This could refer to the Air Canada pavilion at Expo 67: it clearly resembles the da Vinci sketches of the flying machines
    ————————————————————-
    #Beneath the only standing member#
    #Of a forest#
    ————————————————————-
    Tree?
    ————————————————————-
    #To the south#
    #White stone closest#
    ————————————————————-
    Long-abandoned building underneath Jacques-Cartier Bridge (White)
    St. Helena Island Lighthouse (White)
    ————————————————————-
    #At twelve paces#
    #From the west side#
    #Get permission To dig out#
    ————————————————————-
    ########IMAGE#######
    ————————————————————-
    Shape of his mouth is Montreal

    Shape of beret is shape of Ile Sainte-Helene

    67in flower Expo67 or Habitat67

    Legeaterdog (Montreal/George Stephen House)

    Image next to Legeaterdog (Metro,Hoovercraft,Submarine ,Habitat67?)

    The square with the X appears to contain two runes (wunjô/Joy ,laguz/Lake water or Ocean ) Maybe Complexe aquatique on Ile Sainte-Helene

    The word Fée = Fairy (ferry??)

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  5. Canuck

    There are 2 Canadian symbols in the image side by side that you can see plain as day. They are above the writing that some believe says “Peel”. The first is the head of a Canada Goose and the second is a caricature of a beaver. They are easy to see on the new high resolution image (thanks George!) prior to zooming in as that makes them too grainy to see properly.

    Back to the 222s, they played punk shows in New York City so quite possible that Byron or someone else who worked on the book (Sean Kelly?) knew of them and their Montreal roots.

    Glad you mentioned A.T. Lane in the podcast. The reference to Lane being the first to make a bike trail in North America can be found in an old book published in 1887 called “Ten Thousand Miles on a Bicycle” by Karl Kron (pen name) whose real name was Lyman Hotchkiss Bagg. We know Byron referenced Sarmiento’s Travels in the U.S. in 1847 so it’s not a stretch to think that he had this book as well as its also a travel log type reference material.

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  6. Canuck

    Ookpik, the official mascot of Expo 67 can be seen in the image over the left arm, roughly in line with the legeater. The mascot is an Inuit owl with a black beak and google eyes and those features can easily be seen in the image.

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