Voices of Berlin is Berlin Untelevised‘s monthly Lives project. This project is to show the connection behind real lives within this both crazy and wonderful city by asking it’s many residents one question a month. Our ultimate goal is to curate a collection of accounts on many topics, ending each month with an abstract poem created through that month’s selection of responses and, thus, transform Berlin into a poet.  February‘s theme is My Worst Nightmare.


Mary, Ireland

“So I had this recurring nightmare as a child. My dad was always really into music but it was always my mum that took me to this concert in my dream… which is weird cause it was always my dad that did that kind of stuff. She knew the band so we would go backstage and we got separated somehow, they would take me into one room and take her into another room. Then, I would come back into this other room and they’d have this cake, I’d slice the cake and my mother’s head would be in the cake. I was traumatised by this, I had it so many times. I would wake up from this nightmare and then sneak into my parents’ room and just check that they were both still there and both ok. Somehow, I was scared that they’d been replaced by aliens or some shit. I know that has nothing to do with the dream, I don’t know why, but I’d go in and just check and just by seeing them I knew that they weren’t… even though if they were really clones… I wouldn’t know. But I knew when I saw them it was all OK.”

Mary from Ireland speaks about her worst nightmare for Berlin Untelevised


Read Mary’s contribution to this month’s Voices of Berlin poem and its collection of other Berliner accounts in February’s My Worst Nightmare in the first week of March. If you’re a Berliner, find out how to add a contribution by emailing the editor of Lives lorathepoet(@)gmail.com.