You have to be careful with that stuff. Trust me.
It can be a great thing, because the first thing you develop is an emotional attachment... but it can crumble if you take the silences too seriously. A relationship weighted on conversation and talking online/on the phone does make sure that your love is sincere and non-physical, but it also lacks a lot of event that you would see in a close-distanced relationship... you cannot commonly respond to social problems in your specified area, and you don't socialize with the same groups of people... both of these things can be harmful in that they often leave you on little more than a "how-was-your-day" basis.
It can make your feelings seem like they're fading, when it's really just the lack of that next step in most relationships... you learn about one another and you learn to care for one another, but can't transist into functioning as a unit in the real world.
I might sound like I have no faith in online relationships. I do, in fact I think they're a better way to meet people than the conventional sort... I've just seen a few crumble because it got "boring" without anything to do but talk.
How do you "cope" then? It helps to take a deep and genuine interest in their own social life... that can restore some of the void left by not living in the same vicinity. You could also become involved in a similar online activity (PIPtalk is perfect for this kind of thing) and have that in common.
Just generally be careful... and don't let yourself think you fall out of love when the conversation loses its mystery. Most people don't talk the same amount in a month as a long-distance couple talk in a day (assuming they both use the internet), because they get less one-on-one time... so you might find that you've lost the sense of discovery.
Coping is simple. Write emails wherever you are, jot them down, send them when you're done. Now that we have the internet, long-distance relationships have a lot of potential.
And don't despair about not being able to see/touch the person all that often (at least you're with him every few weekends, right?)... you are a poet, after all... you can see and touch with words.
I very sincerely wish you and yours all the best.
[This message has been edited by Local Parasite (12-16-2002 02:34 AM).]