What is the whole poem of "Love's Deceit" by Big Rube?


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Big Rube's poem "Love's Deceit" has achieved immense popularity since its creation. Featured in the 2006 American drama film "ATL," the poem is a tale of lost love and betrayal. The entirety of its text is included below.

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"Pleasure turns to the pain,

Of the lessons learned from the strain,

Of the questions burned in my brain,

About whether to love is humane

In its touch.

These thoughts are like salmon

Swimming upstream

In the tears of your deceit,

Fighting the current hurt

That kills more than is created

By the chaos of our intertwined emotions:

Chaotic because the anchor

Of Eros’ arrow has been plucked from the vessel

Of my undying infatuation.

Separation not as simple as the distance between us,

My mind no longer possessed

By the demons

That had been the overseers

Of my enslavement to your lies.

The seeds of these lies,

Rooted so deeply

They have cracked the foundation

Of what we once shared,

Allowing the faith in us I had sealed inside

To gush out like a river,

Ripping the image of our future together

From my thoughts

As violently and as brutally

As if it were a child being taken

From his mother's arms.

I’m left surrounded in darkness,

But I refuse to be swallowed by it,

My loneliness like the night air.

Invisible to the eye, oblivious to the touch,

In its cold uncomfortableness.

Yet if I could do it all over again,

I’d do it in the same skin I’m in.

To lay down and let love die,

Just stay down and let love lie:

No, no, not I.

I’ll stay ’round and let love fly,

Even though I have seen its darkest form, deceit.

Nothing else could taste this warm

Or feel this sweet."

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