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.

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  1. Linda C.

    I have a son who eluded being diagnosed with schizophrenia until I walked in one day and saw him with his head on the barstool whispering to it. Our mental health system, not unlike our "Poor" health system allows these persons to roam the streets. We will provide health care for illegals and such but not for the many mentally ill people that we have in our society.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tanya

    His poetry depicts mechanical, boring life where the only bliss is taking a shower. Luckily, not every guy with low dopamine resorts to a gun for stimulation.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kimberly

    The guy is wacked you can see it I'm his eyes and his writings.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kimberly

    The guy is waked both in his face and writings he deserves to be punished for what he done to all of the victims.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JoeT

    The poetry, while not particularly good, hardly supports the notion that he was a madman. Good luck on that insanity defense.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. karek40

    The question is should his level of "being mentally different" prevent him from gettin the death penalty. Why should we pay $100,000.00 per year for the rest of his life to incarcerate him?

    January 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    This is stupid

    January 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Concerned Person

    It seems to me while we are trying to protect our elected officials and honestly our selves as a society, there is another group who will receive back lash... those with mental illness. I have bipolar disorder. I have been psychotic in the past. I don't know if my desire to die would evolve into violent acts. I do know that I got treatment and was surrounded by support. On several CNN comment board I have seen people say rash things about those who are mentally ill. Like “lock them all up!". Even those that live normal lives. Mentally ill people are under the radar until something like this happens and people begin to freak out. It is always answers to why it happened but never the question what could have been done. This kid is sick. He is not using insanity as an empty excuse. He went untreated and if anything comes from this it should be "How can we prevent people’s self alienation and damaged thoughts from reaching the point they hurt themselves or someone else or both”. I hope that the people of this nation educate themselves so that mental illness is better understood by the public. This would help those who are ill and those around them to be positive support of their recovery. I am crazy but I take care of myself. Please don't paint all mentally ill with the same brush. This is not directed at anyone specifically. Just a general statement.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bonsai park

      I think there's plenty of evidence that the mentally ill are no more violent or dangerous to others than the mentally fit. There's more behind this guy than the fact that he's (obviously) mentally ill, but most people seem satisfied with that. Wrong!

      January 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Wawawhat

    THIS JUST IN: news is starting to pop up that this young man was pulled over by police for running a red light after leaving a Wal-Mart just moments before he headed to the Safeway. Guess what he purchased there. Yup, Wal-Mart still carries 9mm ammunition as long as you provide your carrying license, you can buy. Michael Moore is going to have a field day with this.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MYX

    His poetry is even worse than his action.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. C.Baxter

    sounds like someone who was just lost in his own thoughts that could not take it no more & need away out BUT WHY NOT JUST TAKE YOUR OWN LIFE INSTEAD OF SO MAY OTHERS... PIECE OF S@IT COWERD HOPE THE PEOPLE HE KILLED HAUNT HIM FOREVER!! god bless the family's of the victims and please bless the ones who lost there lives to this
    terrible tragedy

    January 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Daunte

    Why is NO ONE in the media calling this man what he truly is, a terrorist? What are the odds that if this was an Arab who had committed these heinous acts, he'd be referred to as a terrorist?

    January 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      He is an American terrorist. Everyday people just like him go around killing people. You're right though, if he was middle eastern this story would be bigger and once again the arab community would be blamed fori t.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. matt

    Grammar doesn't exist in poetry.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rapturus

    OF COURSE IT HAD TO DO WITH POLITICS IN PART, HE DIDN'T GO INTO A MEETING AT THE COLLEGE AND SHOOT DOWN THOSE GUYS, HE WENT TO A POLITICAL MEETING! *slaps face* You guys gotta be kidding, this is just another proof moment about guns and how politics are putting wrong ideas into people's minds. Yes, let's blame Palin, and Beck now that you mention him! Those are the voices that man was hearing in his psycho head. The most incompetent person in politics, and she is giving people ideas. The only good that may come from the souls that have been lost in this is that perhaps gun laws will change. Get used to the facts Jack, because you aren't going to like them.

    January 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. KarlH

    Loughner like many dumb Americans adores and respects the man at the top and often takes a page from his book. The latest is:
    “IF THEY BRING A KNIFE TO THE FIGHT, YOU BRING A GUN." Now some have already blamed Sarah P, The Reps, Tea Party and all the good decent Americans but the same sludge have no memory of such a clearly worded request. They blame target caricatures on paper and cannot realize that guns don't kill. Think of the fact that it was the Alaska Governor saying that it would have been interpreted as a call to arms to fix the other Party.
    So what's the story now????

    January 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
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