We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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 rung 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.
A Windhover is a Kestrel, the small, brightly-colored hovering falcon which in the US is often called a Sparrow Hawk. Hopkins' Wiki entry here.
Another beautiful Hopkins' poem and, as usual with Hopkins, the poem must be read aloud to appreciate, no, to actually love his wonderful use of language. The fact is that on this Feast of the Angels, Hopkins often wrote like an angel. I would not be surprised in his state of mind that he was even visited by them. And no amount of borish academic explication or cheap, third-rate psychoanalytic sniffing about his repressed sexuality makes a fig of difference. That God works wonders is beyond those who clomp about in the boots of deadly cogitation.