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

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.

Post by:
Filed under: Arizona • Gabrielle Giffords
soundoff (293 Responses)
  1. ThomasD

    So. .what. Is there suppose to be something extraordinary about this? Sounds like the ramblings of any kid.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bingo10

      at least he can spell. A lot of students in school would have several spelling errors.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
    • K C

      Except he didn't spell "dieing" right.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • AirMiller44

      On the Contrary, he speaks of an illiterate nation but notice the last word "The dodo is finally dieing." dieing ? lol its dying

      January 12, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • serialmom

      @Bingo10....There are several spelling errors. The first poem has "cameo" which should probably be "camo." The second one has "pray" instead of "prey," and "dieing," iinstead of "dying."

      January 12, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • GMCRET

      I suppose it was the Government mind control through grammar (or whatever it was he was rambling about on Youtube) that caused the misspelled words.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • JohnQ

      He actually used pray out of context. It should be spelled prey.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I think it's interesting in the first poem how when he describes his attire he almost makes it sound liek he does not like the way he looks, the old shirt, cameo shorts, adidas shoes. When he talks about the other guys at the gym, they are wearing new tank tops, basketball shorts, and nike shoes. It seems he sees himself as inferior.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      @AirMiller44 "Its dying"– the contraction of "it is" is "it's." "Its dying" would refer to the dying belonging to it. I see a lot of glass houses in this thread. Before you criticize the spelling and grammar of others, IT'S best to make sure that your own is sound.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Wawawhat

      ...meh. No one should be giving any more attention to this guy. Thomas D, you've got it right. These are just ramblings. He's not a tortured sole, just a misguided individual with a couple of screws loose. Couple that with a quarter ounce a day smoking habit and there are going to be some paranoia issues. And what's with the Mickey Knox/Natural Born Killers get up. Personally I would shaped my eyebrows to appear evil before I removed them entirely. Right now he looks like Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. Perhaps that is his intent, "I'm Soooo Crazy".

      By the way, the doctor (witness) that was interviewed mentioned another youth about the same age running away from the scene. Did they catch him yet?

      January 12, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      He also should have used "an" in "Putting on a old medium red tee shirt"

      January 12, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Wawawhat

      Oh and grammar cops, I forgot "have" in "I would -- shaped", sorry. I am sure I made a few other mistakes that someone will point out but I think you still get where I am coming from. It ain't rocket surgery.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      @Wawawhat: This guy prided himself on his grammar stated that he hated people who could not spell. That is why this is relevant.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • jreddog1

      Exactly – why is he getting "published" right now? Except to point out the similarities between him and Holden Caulfield.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Ulysses

      All of the "editors" who commented. Find something better to do with your time.

      If this creep gets his picture on the front of a magazine, we're worse off than ever.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm.

      This is a diary, not a peom.
      This isn't a man either. it's some ignorant kid that needs to be punished.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Wawawhat

      @Chris, sorry I jumped the gun. Usually what happens is posters start attacking other posters. My bad. And yes, search the internet for his myspace ramblings and you will find they are loaded with grammatical errors, written moments before the attack. Of course his excuse is that the government is controlling (our) dialogue and that his is accurate.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Nikki

      There is no need to analyze his poems. Look at his picture. Look into those eyes. Those are the eyes of a person who is not right in the head. Looks a little evil to me.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      The word "florescent" is also spelled wrong. It's flourescent.
      Perhaps he had somewhat of a Hemingway moment... that while he criticized the world around him for bad grammar, he knew he couldn't live up to his own standards.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Belcher

      Please stop putting pictures and writings of people like this for everyone to see in the media. Give them no limelight, no fame.

      January 12, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • al

      social outcast, desperate to belong...there are many souls that feel lacking of what makes a "normal" the only alternative left is to do something extraordinary....something out of the ordinary even if that means inflicting pain upon other living cratures...a fine example of how knowledge can become your greatest puzzle.

      January 12, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • GG

      BINGO10, really? He can spell? Besides the other errors pointed out, he misspelled "fluorescent" and "prey," he has numerous punctuation errors, and he made numerous grammatical errors.

      January 12, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • GG

      I agree that he needs no publicity and that it is wrong that we, as a society, give so much attention to evil people. And as for his picture: I believe the face he is making is an affectation, that he practiced it and probably used Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker in Batman as his model. He's a punk. There is nothing special about him. He's a run of the mill punk.

      January 12, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. runs with acid

    let's be grateful uncle fester won't be able to write anymore as a free creature

    January 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry Texas

      uncle fester. that's funny. now he can room with the monsters instead of the munsters.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Carlos

    Hm, I dun get it either. What's the purpose of all this?

    January 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ernie

    Appears to me that we what to humanize a cold blooded killer & demonize anyone who speaks out against the policies of the government, i.e. talk radio. Freedom of speech cannot be flushed down the drain every time a "nut-case" murders someone. Why give this guy anymore 'fame' by printing anytthing he writes? By doing so we just might inspire the next nut that wants some attention to go on a killing spree.

    January 11, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward Banana

      Agreed. Let's not dignify absurdities.

      January 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      Ernie, maybe the press should limit itself when deciding whether to print material that might glorify a murderer, or even help him achieve his goals. Perhaps CNN would be better to take the log out of its own eye before trying to remove the splinter from our national discourse?

      January 12, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Boojum

      Freedom of speech means only that the government does not suppress your speech. It does not mean one may say vile, contemptible things without criticism. Advocating violence for political purposes deserves criticism.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I agree, anyone should be allowed to say anything they want on talk radio. But, we should totally not allow people to print his poems. Censorship is OK if the topic is unpalatable.

      Free speech rulz!

      January 12, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mmmmm

    ...put a brown hat on his head with gloveblades along with a horizontal striped sweater he looks like the brother of the villian on nightmare on elm street.

    January 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ugghh

    This is pretty generic and boring. Outrage can be bottled for the next significant finding.

    January 11, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Likehesaid

    looks like any bevis and butthead pretentious non artistic rambling threads... Scary... Lock up all of them... And take away their guns and racing cars...cellphones and female helpers.. 🙂

    January 11, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Okay Likehesaid-butthead! Really too early to call it a night...see ya later dude at other STOP 'N THREADS covenience store...

      January 12, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Louis

    Ok! Let's look into his stomach content, and see what he ate last night. This is insane that people are up his butt looking for a reason for his outrageous acts. He should be put to death and we should have the same humanity he showed the victims. If you want to really know what happened wait until he is prosecuted and he will do an interview with Dr.Phil. Then we can find out what he was thinking, until then, I can't stand the sight of him.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • ENOUGH

      Could not agree more! Well said!

      January 12, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm.

      Very true. Who cares "why" he did it.
      Put him to death slowly so he has time to think about it.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Randy Flagg

    Too bad Jared Loughner didn't leave his hair long. With longer hair maybe the electrodes would not conduct as well on the electric chair. This gutless coward who targeted women and children is the type that needs to suffer a slow painful death on his way to hell where he belongs. Even his Creator will have a hard time having mercy on his pathetic wicked soul. Too bad the justice system will look at him as a mental health case and the appeals process will enable him to waste more of our oxygen, not to mention the tax payers dollars. He is a predator. If he is in fact a mental health case do him and everybody else a favour and expedite the process thus ending his and everybody elses suffering.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Taliek

    Uhhh! Wats the point!
    Who cares wat he wrote, wat he thinks, or wat inspires him.... thought came to his mind,..and it wasnt love for another. Why does hate run so deep in any of us....bottom line, he acted on his. Now the law will judge him,..and so shall his God!

    January 12, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. whattheheck

    What the heck is wrong with the Military's recruiting agents? This guy was a perfect candidate for the Military. I would love to know who the hell turned down this guys offer to join the Military and fight our enemies in Afghanistan. Stupid recruiter got a bunch of innocent people killed instead. Thx for nothing a hole.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Are you kidding me!

      What are you talking about. I would have hated serving with a weirdo like this douch.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Yes, because this would have been much less tragic if he had turned his gun on the men and women serving in our military *rolls eyes*

      January 12, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Boojum

      He was rejected by the military. He was not allowed to enlist.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Lylith

      He failed the drug test.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • nor

      you have as much common sense as the other dumba$$

      January 12, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. murmur55

    The Unbearable Lightness of Dodo.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dr. Phil (by Philip)

    So son, what were you thinking? "I was just trying to fit in" STOP! let's do another take...OK son, even though what you did happens to average citizens about every 17 min. or so, what were you thinking? "I was just trying to blend in." STOP...cut. Scene 1 take 3: So son, talk to me about your upbringing. Was it painful for you? "I was just trying to blend in". Cut! Cut! Look kid, I know that our society craves violence. We even instill this craving in our own children. A child raised on ritalin and violent video should really have no problem adjusting to a peaceful and calm adultood. So why'd ya do it ya little brat? "I was just trying to fit in." Cut! little bas/erd. I aughta choke the living....

    January 12, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. wakeupcall

    All we really need to know is this? Is sarah palin gay?

    January 12, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. wakeupcall

    well phil..looks like you and your crew are trying hard to fit in... Love the movie. Its called.. Typical america.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12