February‘s theme for Voices of Berlin is My Worst Nightmare.
“The first thing I thought of when you said worst nightmare is being buried alive. I have a terrible fear of that. I remember I saw a movie, I can’t remember the name, it could have been a show actually, but the guy was buried inside a coffin and he was trying to get out. It just scarred me for life… especially when I have to be inside anything confined. I was in this thing called the Tactile Dome and it was a kind of maze in the dark, and you were in there for 25 minutes going through little tunnels and slides and touching everything around you and it was completely dark. I almost went – I almost had a little, tiny panic attack but I didn’t. I’m a little bit claustrophobic but anyway, I just took a deep breath and just enjoyed it and yeah, it was a fun and scary experience, I actually did it again. But just being there inside and thinking Oh shit imagine if something just stops working and I’m just trapped in here... how long would it take for them to come to rescue me?”
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 or theme 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.
Read Stefano’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.