Sleeping in doorways,
they huddle against the cold;
plunge the needle tip.

Searching for a vein,
while others crave a socket;
plug-in heroin.

Waiting for a plane,
they hug the corridors;
hooked to the drip.



Peter Bickerton is a writer and science communicator. He has self-published a collection, Millennial, and is resident poet for Thought for Food – performing to audiences worldwide. Peter’s poetry has featured on the BBC and he currently writes for Forbes magazine. Website: