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Dear Long Distance Love

Writing by Aishwarya Shrivastav // Photograph by Marta Braggio

Writing by Aishwarya Shrivastav // Photograph by Marta Braggio

Dear long distance love

Will there be enough time ever?

I know I shouldn’t over think

But it’s always unfolding in front of me

This thought constantly strolls in my mind

Almost always there just at the back of my teeth and I try not to taste them on my tongue

Because last time we nearly lost ‘us’

And finding our way back towards each other was trying to remember a forgotten touch


The sense of always running out of time

Stuttering to say the same things in different ways

Logic overpowering love and the insecurity of not seeing the end together

Waking up and not being able to chose each other


I feel we are in a classic french song

The music making us hot and dizzy

Kissing away my language from my tongue

Leaving hazy gibberish sentences behind


I will never get used to goodbyes

And yes

I remember you always talk about how I don’t need you to complete me

But there’s a part that only feels complete with you

So on most days when we are apart and I am still living in half

Know that I have chosen you for keeping the other half

And I pretend I forgot to ask.

Aishwarya Shrivastav

Aishwarya Shrivastav is a 21 year old author of ‘Mouthpiece’, who writes to document her life experiences through poetry. Her works have appeared in Ramona Magazine for Girls, Mad Swirl, Poetry longlist 2017, RejectedLit and other social media platforms. She lives in India and likes letters and kittens.

Marta Braggio

Marta Braggio is a photographer and art curator from Vicenza (Italy). She loves art, patterned skirts, colours, and her big dogs Aika and Maya. You can find her on Instagram @martabraggio

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