An open letter to the loved one that’s far away

Odyssa Rivera Abille

You and I are thousands of miles apart. With travel restrictions, requirements, and whatnots, the maze we are navigating seems to get more complex as months go by.

We thought our circumstances would change soon. They didn’t. What makes things more difficult is no one seems to know how and where the maze ends.

But in this maze, I find you. You make things easy.

You start calls even when you’re tired from work. You consider how I feel even when you’re hurt. Your sorry doesn’t come too late. Your voice turns a hard day around.

You prove me wrong.

Though you’re far, you give me no reason to doubt your intentions, words, and actions. You trust me with your life story, your struggles, your political opinion, and the secrets you’ve kept for so long. With you, I am safe.

You brave the impossible.

We may have only known each other for a relatively short time, but you handed over your future to me without hesitation. How do I say no? You have been a wonderful partner — honest, responsive, accepting, and respectful. You talk to me and listen.

It’s been an awful time. Months have gone, and the pandemic has robbed us of Friday night dates, beach trips, and awkward family dinners. But we are lucky to still be here, looking in the same direction together.

Our relationship stands like a continuous, well-fortified bridge, with you and me on each side, keeping it intact. We’ll remain this way until we can reunite again. With every day that passes, with every season that comes, I will do whatever I can to do the same for you. To keep things easy, to prove myself — and others — wrong. To brave the impossible.

One day, our worries will go away. We can finally cross the street, hand-in-hand, without worrying about your flight back home after 2 weeks. No more tearful goodbyes at the airport. No more calls while you’re driving to work with me getting ready for bed.

One day, with or without masks, we’ll be breathing the same air.

Odyssa is the author of two poetry collections on love and travel. Visit her website here. This article was first published in Medium.

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I write about relationships, the complexities of human life, and writing. I'm a self-published author of two poetry collections entitled "Like A New Sun Rising" and "From Where I Stand" available at


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