O unsought spot where

wheel of flaming twists

nonstop combust the blistered brain in flame,

As victim pinned upon unsacrificial carousellish spit in this rotation round and round about

displaying like lazysusanic xenia for plump tablesat rotund gods stuffed with relish, crab, and cod.

How strange the flames turn bluesome bright as though some

kind goddess sought to quell my fright then dim a phosphate green by night To clock allude a frame to prove not all relief be out of sight.

Then the singeflesh shock wears off enough to let brief rest of mind

remand my dreams to distant climes and even feel brief winter chill of Thessalean mountain hills

and with fond regret dip my tongue of mind into wells deep of time and hear first love’s trinkets chime

and last remember her sounding song of admiring voice til red glow rises to orangish burns again the wheel resumes its turn.

Endless agon oft in waves relentless tides define the days until my drowning sea of pain my lasting loyal friend remains.

[Wikipedia] Ixion went mad, defiled by his act [the murder of his own father-in-law]; the neighboring princes were so offended by this act of treachery and violation of xenia that they refused to perform the rituals that would cleanse Ixion of his guilt (see catharsis). Thereafter, Ixion lived as an outlaw and was shunned. By killing his father-in-law, Ixion was reckoned the first man guilty of kin-slaying in Greek mythology.

This act alone would warrant Ixion a terrible punishment, but Zeus took pity on Ixion and brought him to Olympus and introduced him at the table of the gods. Instead of being grateful, Ixion grew lustful for Hera, Zeus’s wife, a further violation of guest–host relations. Zeus found out about his intentions and made a cloud in the shape of Hera, which became known as Nephele (from nephos “cloud”) and tricked Ixion into coupling with it. From the union of Ixion and the false-Hera cloud came Imbros or Centauros,

who mated with the Magnesian mares on Mount Pelion, Pindar told, engendering the race of Centaurs, who are called the Ixionidae from their descent.

Ixion was expelled from Olympus and blasted with a thunderbolt. Zeus ordered Hermes to bind Ixion to a winged fiery wheel that was always spinning. Therefore, Ixion was bound to a burning solar wheel for all eternity, at first spinning across the heavens, but in later myth transferred to Tartarus.

Only when Orpheus

played his lyre during his trip to the Underworld to rescue Eurydice did it stop for a while.

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