Accused shooter's poems evoke his daily routine, scenes from Mauritius
Jared Lee Loughner is accused in a deadly shooting at a constituents meeting in Tucson, Arizona, held by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
January 11th, 2011
09:20 PM ET

Accused shooter's poems evoke his daily routine, scenes from Mauritius

Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of shooting 20 people Saturday at an Arizona political event, attended a poetry class last year at Pima County Community College, a man in the class said.

Student Don Coorough provided CNN's Special Investigations Unit with copies of two poems purportedly written by Loughner for the spring semester class. They have been transcribed below with the same spelling and line breaks as the original copies.

Meat Head

Awaking on the first day of school
Pain of a morning hang over
Attending a weight lifting class for college credit
Attempting to exercise since freshman year of high school
Crawling out of bed and walking to the shower
Warm water hitting my back
Eureka

Thoughts of being promiscuous with a female again
Putting on a old medium red tee shirt, light brown cameo shorts, and black Adidas
For breakfast a glass of water, cold pepperoni pizza, and two Advil
Bringing my Nano Ipod with heavy metal music
Taking the local bus on a overcast morning
Waiting with crack heads after their nightly binge
Bus is cheap, two dollars for a ride anywhere in the city
Sitting in back against a hard plastic seat
Staring at stop lights, brand new cars, and graffiti
Coming to a slow halt in front of the school
Entering the gym as the glowing florescent lights are humming
Next to the treadmills, putting a green foam mat on the ground
Stretching for fifteen minutes, loosening the muscles in my legs, back and arms
Cleaning the mat with anti-bacterial spray and a paper towel
Jogging for ten minutes, my heart beating, beating, beating
Pain in my right side of the last minute of twenty
Looking around, the cute women are catching my eye
Probably waiting for their hot boyfriends wandering in the locker room
All the men are in shape with their new white tank shirts, basketball short, and Nike shoes
Confusing look on my face of no idea what to do
Deciding to copy other men's routines of
Arm Curls, Leg presses, Rows, Squats, Military something's, and Isolated whatever's
65 minutes
Leaving the gym thinking
Waiting for the bus with alcoholics that are going to the bars early
Coming home for another shower
While grabbing the white towel, the eureka moment is lingering
Quick nap and lunch is on my mind
Setting the alarm one hour before getting ready for my next class
Getting into bed

Falling asleep

Dead as a dodo

On the island of Mauritius a heavy storm is leaving.
In the fields of the ancient wild forest a wild field of mushrooms is growing.
Snails and grasshoppers are ready for the warmth.
The old grass growing with lizards are jolting for crickets while snakes looking for lonely mice.
Falcons are flying for pray.
Shallow light Blue Ocean shimmering at each wave as the black clouds are rolling.
Waves are lapping.
Fisherman on the reefs are casting their poles.
In warm water a pack of clown fish are floating.
Tiger sharks are swimming free.
Steel drums beating in the distance.
The full moon slowly setting for the sun is rising.
At the local cemetery there is weeping.
The dodo is finally dieing.

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  1. Donna

    Agree. We are fed tons of violence in our culture on a daily basis. This kid is just 1 of many that snapd

    January 12, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Brian

    What's sad is CNN is unknowingly setting up the next mass murderer for fame. They're basically turning the kid into an icon.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • They Know IT

      CNN has been runnin' awhile, they know exactly what they're doing. You have to have perpetual behavior to have perpetual business– i.e.– news.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joe Williams

    I think that this should be considered an act of domestic terrorism.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Big slim

    I cant fathem the idea of people saying this sicko should be in the military serving with our men and women in uniform who lay down thier lives so people like u can have the right to say what u just did nor can i imagine u saying movies or violent video games caused this guy to do what he did. Nobody but he and his maker know what caused him to do it and i hope they meet real soon. Any press or attention we give him takes away from where the attention should be focused and thats his poor victims and thier families

    January 12, 2011 at 4:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. jake

    I've got a poem

    "Roses are red,violets are blue, tube in the arm, so long to you"

    January 12, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • beenthere57

      Violets are blue roses are red, I won't be happy till this monster is dead

      January 12, 2011 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Pdxamir

      Violets are blue, roses are red, I'm f***ing my wife in our brand new bed.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Well...

    Maybe cnn is just showing how "normal" his daily routine was b/4 he snaped, just like d other guy who shot his school principals. Just an angry confuse young man turn violent, not neccesary an evil wicked person.May the souls of beloved dead rest in the bosom of Eternity.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. jemo

    I agree, what is the purpose of this article?
    One thing I disagree on is how easy people just what this guy dead, word like kill, and pain full death.... why wish on others death? What I am saying is that to wish death upon another, makes you just as violent as those that commit this type of crime. What I see here from my prism is two folds, gun laws (life time member of the NRA since 19 now 40) are just too ´laxed, if there was a medical certificate for mental fitness, I am sure it would have been a little harder for this guy to commit this act, and second, the lack of a medical system in the US leaves not only the six families in mourning, but also the family of this guy destruct and from the reading of their public announcement, somewhat guilty as to the occurrence of this crime. Yes this is a crime, one that should be punish, but let´s look a the causes here and it begins to look more like accident that should have never happened.
    God bless all those families involved in this tragedy.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • TP Snow

      Don't loose your compassion. It will give you peace of mind for the rest of your life and allow you to weather whatever is thrown at you.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. PhilG

    So the moral of this story is shoot twenty people at a Safeway and CNN will publish your writings.

    Not very smart CNN.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. BONN SCOTT

    If he dosen't get the death penalty and goes to general population in prison (opposite of segregation) then you can be sure that his time as a living breathing coward will be short!

    January 12, 2011 at 4:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. jamal

    I understand the curiosity of wanting to see this stuff, but I think it's really harmful. We're basically bringing him fame and elevating him to some kind of mastermind as if every mundane poem he writes needs to be seen by everyone. I think it's totally plausible that this kind of attention can encourage a future killer who is on the verge of doing something like this to go through with it. His thoughts aren't even that profound or special in any way. It's not worth it.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. USA

    Why is CNN publishing this murderers poetry? Why do they keep his picture on their site? I don't care that he wrote poetry, he is a murderer! Not a victim. Why aren't they writing stories about the victims? Quit glorifying this idiot!!!

    January 12, 2011 at 4:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. nona

    What is the reason for making this public??

    January 12, 2011 at 4:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Lookinin

    As McCain said, he deserves to be dispised. I read out of morbid curiosity.
    I gathered his environment was druggie infested, he longed for chicks (none where he's going), found the dying dodo reference ironic and foreshadowing.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Nick

    This is not poetry: it is just meaningless dross from an immature psychotic. Let his name be forgotten by history. He has no significance. The names of his victims are all he has ever written. Let him be cursed thereby!

    He was Christina's killer – nothing more. Just a blip on the human landscape: a grinning fool whose life meant nothing, except in that which it took.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. angelo

    prisoners dont like babykillers. he'll be gone soon enough.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • No Name

      Well put angelo; just the truth. And, the guards will prob look the other way too.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
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