I hate the phrase “sweet nothings”

I hate the phrase
“sweet nothings”

It tells me
awful things:

‘I love you’
isn’t important

‘I want you’
isn’t valuable

emotional labour
is nothing

(Yeah, you know it was
a cis dude
who coined this phrase)

But saying what you feel
is only “nothing”
if nothing
is what you feel

And these things are important:

Hello beautiful
I like you a lot
I think you’re great
Your face is neat
You make me smile

What I wanted was
sweet everythings

What I asked for was
sweet anythings

What I got was
sweet fuck-all

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