Lucy In The Sky [*POEM*]

LUCY  IN  THE  SKY

by XANADU


Satan, source of these longings, set me free
From orange sunshine, hell dust, ecstasy.
But no, don’t do that . . . give me more, my friend,
Paradise white and peace at rainbow’s end.

And let me as I lunch with Aunt Despair,
Have time to blow a stick or cork the air;
And on the razor’s edge, pushed on by pain,
Score with the golden girl or do Elaine.

O you who mock these words but never knew
Sweet Jesus or the Beast, I envy you—
And if, at wit’s end, you should ask me what
My message is, I’d answer THOU SHALT NOT!

Don’t ask me why I’m laughing sweet and low.
I’m Lucy in the sky with diamonds now.

12 thoughts to “Lucy In The Sky [*POEM*]”

  1. X –

    You must be thinking of Lucy Skipping. 🙂
    She was fun. I liked her.
    John Lennon said that HIS inspiration for the song came when his three-year-old son Julian showed him a nursery school drawing that he called “Lucy – in the Sky with Diamonds”, depicting his classmate Lucy O’Donnell.

    1. The title of the poem is obviously a reference to the John Lennon song “Lucy — In the Sky with Diamonds.” But it’s much more than that. To the average reader, the whole poem reads like nonsense. For example, most readers wouldn’t have a clue what the poet is saying here:

      And let me as I lunch with Aunt Despair,
      Have time to blow a stick or cork the air;
      And on the razor’s edge, pushed on by pain,
      Score with the golden girl or do Elaine.

      Blow a stick? Cork the air? What on earth can the poet mean? Lunch with Aunt Despair? What “golden girl” is the poet referring to? And what does she mean by “do Elaine”?

      I bet not a single reader here understands what LD is up to!

      I’ll leave you to guess.

      Every reference has a secret meaning (like a riddle) and the whole poems hangs together like a a jigsaw puzzle.

      I’ll explain later if I have the time…..

      1. In despair – smoking and drinking wine will be relaxing – but pain leads to the golden girl’s pill addiction and Elaine’s overdosing.

      2. I give up! Give me the “secret meaning” of the poem.
        LD seems to be on a drug high…! 🙂
        Maybe she’s taken LSD or something?
        The poem is totally surrealistic.

      3. We know all about Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, we’ve been hearing about her since The Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Band album was released in 1967. We want to know more about Sister Lucy In The Sky With Cameras, we already know about *yawn* the Lucy with diamonds in the sky. diamonds symbolize *yawn* LSD, we already know this.

  2. Let me do some ciphering here…

    Orange Sunshine – check
    Hell dust – check
    Ecstasy – check
    Lunch with Aunt Despair – check
    Blow a stick – check
    Cork the air – check
    Bark at the moon – check
    And at least two more I don’t want to talk about – check

    Paradise white and peace at rainbow’s end?
    Hmmm, we shall see but (fingers crossed)

  3. Some lovely imagery there. Aside from its explicit references, I also see it as an uncomfortable reflection on the masochism at the heart of any addiction. The gorging release one experiences when you end your self-denial because you were never serious in the first place, were you? This applies to Chocolate Cake as much to a Pint of the Black Stuff. This poem is insidious.

      1. You make a fine point. There is something of the self-absorbed as you circle the object of your addiction, like that Pint of the Black Stuff…a random example I pulled from my waking imagination. Ahem.

  4. Gee, I thought Elaine was referring to :

    Well, you went uptown riding in your limousine
    with your fine Park Avenue clothes
    you had Dom Perignon in your hand
    and the spoon up your nose….
    …. they were all impressed with your Halston dress
    and the people that you knew at ELAINE’S
    and the story of your latest [ sex] success kept ’em so entertained

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEea624OBzM

    Oh Lasha, ya’ gotta compose a poem about Studio 54 and all the beautiful people, the In-Crowd, the Euro trash! Our hey day! Our last hurrah! Ya’ just got to! Oh do!

    over the hill Boomers are WE and yearning to be young and gorgeous again are WE….🙄

  5. CLUE TO THE POEM’S MEANING.

    The poem is about drug addiction and is loaded with street slang. Various drugs are referred to in the poem such as heroin, cocaine, cannabis, etc etc. LSD is referred to several times under different names, not just as “Lucy in the sky”.

    See KEY TO DRUG NAMES BELOW. First the poem:

    Satan, source of these longings, set me free
    From orange sunshine, hell dust, ecstasy.
    But no, don’t do that . . . give me more, my friend,
    Paradise white and peace at rainbow’s end.
    And let me as I lunch with Aunt Despair,
    Have time to blow a stick or cork the air;
    And on the razor’s edge, pushed on by pain,
    Score with the golden girl or do Elaine.
    O you who mock these words but never knew
    Sweet Jesus or the Beast, I envy you—
    And if, at wit’s end, you should ask me what
    My message is, I’d answer THOU SHALT NOT!
    Don’t ask me why I’m laughing sweet and low.
    I’m Lucy in the sky with diamonds now.

    CLUE: All these are the slang names for street drugs, used by drug addicts to refer to their favourite drugs, including heroin, cocaine, pot, ecstasy, LSD, etc. etc. I happen to know this because I was once a drug counsellor for the probation service.

    ORANGE SUNSHINE (= variety of LSD)
    HELL DUST (= heroin)
    ECSTASY (MDA)
    GOLDEN GIRL (heroin)
    ELAINE (any wonder drug that gives a good high)
    SWEET JESUS (heroin)
    THE BEAST (LSD)
    LUCY IN THE SKY (= LSD)
    BLOW A STICK (= light a reefer)
    CORK THE AIR (= blow out smoke)
    DO ELAINE (= take any drug that gives a quick high)
    Score with the Golden Girl (get off on heroin)

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