I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

po_Boss-Todd1Todd (Ryan) Boss (born December 6, 1968) is an American poet, installation artist, and film producer.

He has published several notable collections of poetry, besides many contributions to literary journals, and has also produced a large body of poetry intended for musical setting, most frequently in collaboration with the composer Jake Runestad.

Boss’s pared-down, idea-driven poems are propelled by internal rhyme and balance clarity with a nuanced attention to sound. “I think of poems as pieces of music, or a work of architecture,” he told the Utne Reader in 2009. “The poem is a space that you’re inviting someone into for a time. I think a lot about how to build it, how they feel when they’re there, and how they will exit.”

Tell us more about this poem and how it relates to museums and churches. “My favorite services are Taize services, in which no one preaches or interprets. The goal, achieved simply through song and silence, preferably by candlelight, is to create an environment for the encounter with God.”

Todd Boss

the templar
halls of museums, for

example, or
the chambers of churches,

and admire
no more than the beauty

there, or
remember the graveness

of stone, of
whatever. You don’t

have to do any
better. You don’t have to

the liturgy or know history

to feel holy
in a gallery or presbytery.

It is enough
to have come just so far.

You need
not be opened any more

than does
a door, standing ajar.


Todd Boss

We tend
to sleep better

when the clock
is wound

than we do
when it’s all

wound down.
I don’t know

why we settle
to the sound.

the regular

click and chime
of passing time,

like water, turns
a water wheel

that turns a gear
that turns a stone

that turns upon
another stone

and fine
and finer in between

our dreams like grain
are ground.