A Boy and a Girl

Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)

Text Octavio Paz (1914-1998)


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.
     Octavio Paz (1914-1998)



This piece was performed on Octarium’s Modern Masters, November 2009 and Listener's Choice, February 2011.

This piece is also featured on Octarium's 2009 release, Modern Masters.