Los Novios – A Boy and a Girl

I was just struck by the beauty of this poem by Octavio Paz, and especially the setting of the translation for choir by Eric Whitacre. I’ll put up a link later for anyone who hasn’t heard it.

[Los Novios]

Tendidos en la yerba
una muchacha y un muchacho.
Comen naranjas, cambian besos
como las olas cambian sus espumas.

Tendido en la playa
una muchacha y un muchacho.
Comen limones, cambian besos
como las nubes cambian espumas.

Tendidos bajo tierra
una muchacha y un muchacho.
No dicen nada, no se besan,
cambian silencio por silencio.

[A Boy and a Girl]

Stretched out on the grass,
a boy and a girl.
Savoring their oranges,
giving their kisses like waves exchanging foam.

Stretched out on the beach,
a boy and a girl.
Savoring their limes,
giving their kisses like clouds exchanging foam.

Stretched out underground,
a boy and a girl.
Saying nothing, never kissing,
giving silence for silence.

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16 thoughts on “Los Novios – A Boy and a Girl

  1. anyway thanks for putting up this poem – fascinating to see what the inspiration for the choral piece was – very moving. Have not read Paz before but will seek him out.

  2. Hemoso poema, un beso es estar en el cielo pero ese mismo puede hundirte al más horrible de los infiernos, cuando estas al lado de ser amado deleitándote en el néctar de sus labios es tocar el cielo con las manos. Más cuando la persona amada se ausenta es el infierno latente en la nostalgia, cuanto puede encerrar un beso en fin ¿Qué es un beso? La gloria y el infierno.

  3. Thanks for posting the original Spanish. I’ve been looking for it! I can’t get this poem (or Whitacre’s interpretation) out of my head- it’s haunting.

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