Milky Way / Heaven's River

Yesterday, when I posted "Enlightenment" the poem by Ch'en Yu Yi (translated by Kenneth Rexroth) several people contacted me about the term "Milky Way" and how inadequate / tacky it feels when compared to the breathtaking extravagance of the real thing.

The Chinese refer to the Milky Way as the "Silver River" and the Japanese call it "Heaven's River." I believe this river imagery adds a deeper resonance - or ripple - to the poem. Inspired by the river imagery, I thought you might like at closer look at "our place" in the universe. Enjoy...