When my daughter moved away a couple of years ago, she left her bunny with me—“for a couple of weeks,” so she said at the time. And so, I have become the keeper and companion of an adorable, overfed, dwarf bunny.
I often dream of Honey Bunny (my daughter named her). I dream that she’s on the loose, or I’m chasing her through the house, or reconstructing her cage. I once dreamed another animal had come to steal her water …
When we dream of pets we are sometimes dreaming of parts of ourselves that are instinctual, or those wild parts of ourselves that have been tamed. A dream of a pet can also point to a desire for affection.
Rabbits in particular are said to represent luck, fertility, taking chances, and more.
Pets that appear in our dreams, like everything in a dream, have something unique to tell us. Perhaps the best way to find what message they have come to deliver is to ask them directly through active imagination or journaling.
Recently I spent a few moments exploring what Honey Bunny might want to show me. This is what a quick writing exercise revealed:
The color of lavender before it blushes
With glassy eyes that track changing light and sleepy shadows
Dreaming awake of a world without bite.
With the voice of no voice
She tells me:
[In addition to being a reflection on a dream symbol, this poem is also part of my effort to write 30 poems in November as part of Center for New America's fundraising campaign for literacy. Click here to sponsor me and donate to a very good cause!]
To write a dream poem about your pet:
Z Imagine you are the animal.
Z Enter into an imaginary dialogue with your pet. You can focus on your pet as it appears in your dreams, or as it exists in waking life.
Z On the page, imaginatively interview your pet. Ask what it loves most, what its purpose is, what it fears most, what it desires most, and what it has come to tell you.
Z Arrange the answers to these questions into a short poem. Edit out any unnecessary words and what you are left with might just carry the essence of your pet’s nature, and the hidden gifts it has to offer you.
You can do this exercise whether or not you have dreamed of your pet. All animals have something to teach us about our selves and our place in the world.
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