June 20th, 2012
W is this week's letter
W is for Windhover and for Weaving
Have I done this before? I might have, - The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins has been one of my most loved poems for many, many years and when I was a passionate Weaver, in my younger days, I called my small enterprise Windhover Weaving and had a great multitude of cards printed, enough for an extensive and expansive enterprise. I sometimes use them for lists now, - not grocery lists, but more important lists
of plans and books and music and suchlike.
They stir fond memories of my Weaving days.
And of my reasons for choosing Windhover Weaving to designate them.
I caught this morning morning's minion,
kingdom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon
in his riding of the rolling level underneath him, steady air, and striding
High there, how he hung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
in his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate's heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, - the achieve of ; the mastery of the thing!
Brute beauty, and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!
No wonder of it; sheer plod makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
How incredibly beautifully the flight of the Windhover
and equally so the words Hopkins uses to describe it.
For more Words for the letter W click here to go to Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday
with thanks to her, and her Wonderful helpers.