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10 Valentine’s Day Poems for Long-Distance Lovers

Long-distance relationships are tough, and they’re even tougher in the face of pandemic-induced travel restrictions. Even if you can’t reunite with your sweetheart this year, there are still plenty of ways to show you care. We’ve selected ten heartwarming poems to send your long-distance partner. 


Long Distance Line” by Agnes Lee

This short, traditional poem is perfect for a card or a handwritten note. With a catchy ABAB rhyme scheme, “Long Distance Line” reminds us that we can feel close despite far distances. It’s a beautiful reminder to focus on the warmth in your heart, rather than how many miles away your sweetheart might be. 


What is Romance?” by Alexi Lubomirski

Love and romance mean more than just celebrating Valentine’s Day together. Share this poem with a loved one to remind them of your enduring care, support, and understanding. Even when times are tough, it’s the people who love us who help us through. 


Valentine” by Edith Franklin Wyatt

If you believe that love has the power to transcend time and place, this poem is the perfect fit for your long-distance relationship. This powerful poem reminds us that the love we share is built of small, meaningful moments that, in time, become much stronger than the challenges we face together. 


What I Fell in Love With” by Justin Wetch

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to remind ourselves and our partners of the little things that bring us closer. “What I Fell in Love With” by Justin Wetch serves as great inspiration for recalling the captivating parts of our partners—things we may have lost sight of after a long time without seeing each other. 


 Heart to Heart” by Rita Dove

With intensity and strength, Rita Dove’s poem “Heart to Heart” perfectly captures how it feels when love bubbles up inside of us. For those who love without holding back, this poem is your perfect match. Share it with your sweetheart to let them know you just can’t help but say “I love you.” 


“You sit just inches away…” by S.K. Williams

From S.K. Williams’s latest collection, Love By Night, this poem proves that when it comes to love, distance is arbitrary. Whether you’re inches away or a thousand miles apart, it is easy to imagine your Valentine’s tender touch. 


Having a Coke with You” by Frank O’Hara

Sometimes the simple moments we share become our fondest memories. When you’re missing your long-distance dear, remember to reminisce about the times you felt close—whether physically, emotionally, or both. And, of course, keep looking forward to sharing those moments again. 


somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond” by E. E. Cummings

This classic and memorable love poem beautifully describes the emotional intimacy and trust we establish with our partners. If you feel like you can open up to your partner like a blooming rose in the spring, this is the perfect poem to share to let them know it. 


“Blue Lights” by Leticia Sala

From Leticia Sala’s latest collection, In Real Life, the poem “Blue Lights” brings us back to late-night chats at the computer. When the best way to communicate with your lover is through IM, an evening spent by the keyboard is as intoxicating as a moonlit walk. 


For What Binds Us” by Jane Hirshfield

Long-distance relationships are never easy, and this past year has been extra tough. If you and your partner have faced the many challenges of the year and feel stronger for it, this is the poem for you. In “For What Binds Us,” Hirshfield profoundly describes the way love can tether two souls together, and this connection is stronger than time and distance combined.