Dreaming of an Electrocuted Pelican

At the side of a major road in my home town, I'm sitting with a group of friends chatting. Taking a moment to look up into the overcast sky I notice a lone pelican gracefully gliding at a fairly low altitude.

Portrait of a White Pelican
My eyes track its path when suddenly it flies through some power lines. The bird is large enough to connect the wires, its beak rests on one cable whilst its wings and body touch another. There are sparks and flashes and the bird shakes from the voltage coursing through its body. Electrocution.

The Pelican is stuck for only a moment then it manages to break free. Flying to one of the wires it lands and holds its perch. My friends and I all watch, amazed that the bird seems okay. We are about to return to our conversation when the pelican drops to the ground. Landing in a turn right feeder lane, safe from the immediate flow of traffic.

It's still alive but lying on its back. Stunned perhaps?

"Who wants to save a pelican?" I comment to my friends. One of them leaps up heading for the road and the rest of us follow to retrieve the bird and hopefully bring it to safety and help.

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I'm not someone who remembers their dreams very often but when I do it's usually one of those dreams you have in a lucid moment of sleep. Such as early in the morning when something has half woken you up and you just kind of drift back to sleep, unaware that you're sleeping. This makes the dream seem like reality until you wake up and realize it was all just a dream.

This morning I was dreaming about an electrocuted pelican. There was more to the dream than described above. For example I knew exactly who my friends in the dream were but once I woke up their identities became a mystery that I can't recall.

The main road we were near is the main road just up from my home. We were just opposite a new development along that road where there is a right turn feeder lane into a service station. However there are no power lines directly above the feeder lane and there are no power lines as high or as modern as those in my dream.

I'm not much into dream analysis. I know my dreams are often filled with symbols but I rarely take the time to think about what they mean. The pelican dream was just an unusual dream that I thought I'd share. I'll leave it up to those of you that study dreams to suggest what it may mean.

4 comments:

  1. So the big question... did you save the pelican or not?

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  2. Well we went over to it and saw that it was still alive but it's around about that point I woke up. So the best I can say is it didn't die. :-)

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  3. I looked this up in a new Dream book I've got from Reader's Digest, but it didn't have anything about pelicans, only birds was the closest I could get.

    I also looked into an old, slim mag one that I've had for years, and I'm not sure, but I think this was the one that had 'birds'. They just said that birds mean 'freedom' not much else to go on.

    Maybe you've been bogged down with things lately and suddenly become free! You can put any interpretation of it you like, I suppose, unless you are into analizing as an expert, but I think they are sometimes just guessing!

    Interesting dream, though. (I thought birds couldn't get electricuted as they are not earthed?)

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