Gate to the Festival is the name of my shared Denver counseling practice, and it located at Speer and Emerson in Downtown Denver. I share Gate to the Festival with my partners, therapists Whitney Lovett and John Nielsen. The name Gate to the Festival comes from the Rumi poem, “Wax”:
When I see you and how you are,
I close my eyes to the other.
For your Solomon’s seal I become wax
throughout my body. I wait to be light
I give up opinions on all matters.
I become the reed flute for your breath.
You were inside my hand.
I kept reaching around for something.
I was inside your hand, but I kept asking questions
of those who know very little.
I must have been incredibly simple or drunk or insane
to sneak into my own house and steal money,
to climb over my own fence and take my own vegetables.
But no more. I have gotten free of that ignorant fist
that was pinching and twisting my secret self.
The universe and the light of the stars come through me.
I am the crescent moon put up
over the gate to the festival.