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. Craiggers

    "So when you see me on your block with two glocks/
    Screamin **** the World, like Tupac/
    I just don't give a **** "

    Violent rhetoric exists in our nation on a casual level. This is not new. The above lyrics were extremely popular my freshman year in high school; a few years later, Columbine. The same idea lyrics like lose represent has been replicated across the vast depth and breadth of youth culture for some time now. We need a systematic change just in the way we use language in this country before we could ever expect tragic events like this to stop occurring.

    January 12, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Craiggers

      Sorry I meant "like those represent"

      January 12, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Very astute and you are exactly right. But reaching into the realm of censorship is not such a good idea.
      People expressing ow they feel and what they say out to be encouraged, we as a people need to be free enough to speak our minds, on the same token we as a people have an ultimate responsiblity with this freedom of speech.

      Lack of education, lack of helping those in need means we all are shirking whats required of our free society and thus resulting in issues like these.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Billy Ray Edwards

    The American media is under a micro scope or should I say cross hairs with the shooting of Congresswomen Gifford, folks don't understand why or how this act of violence could occur, it could be a case of the Chickens Coming Home to Roost.

    People lost control of local content in programming at all radio stations in America.

    That was a right held until the mid 80s by individual FCC license Radiotelephone Operators signed on the stations operations log.

    They also had a partnership with station owners and responsibility for content in programming at local level to the Government that gave Power to the People.

    If there was more local Access to Mass Emergency Communications outlets, Radio Stations, this might have kept this guy talking and not shooting to express his First Amendment Right to Free Speech and a Point of View, wake up America.

    Just some food for thought>>Peace and Love>>Billy Ray

    January 12, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. highanddry

    heavy metal music. Having said that, I might also add that the poetry is awful, and there is nothing wrong with CNN providing a look at the mans mind.

    January 12, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tony

    Stay right there Billy Ray. They'll be there soon.

    January 12, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. stevenscarl

    Wow, maybe I lack the intellectual prowess to understand this, but from where I sit this is not poetry.
    Poetry is supposed to be beautiful, powerful, demonstrative, and intellectually intriguing. This was simply mind numbing babble.
    The only thing I find intriguing is why would CNN print this?

    January 12, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. KrisCole

    Was this man a cold-blooded killer? Yes. Should he receive the death penalty? Probably. But wiping Loughner off the earth won't stop the next paranoid schizophrenic from harming innocent people. As a society we MUST address the mental health issues that plagued this guy. It's not that we're making excuses for him, but we NEVER want this to happen again. Loughner had been showing signs of madness for years and they were largely ignored by his family and those close to him. It's just a shame.

    January 12, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rapturus

    This guys is sick! He needs to be put in a mental hospital, he has to be bipolar. Let's take into account who is to blame, the USA's loose gun laws, Sarah Palin and her tea party banter, and people who don't want to help those who they KNOW have a diagnosed mental disability or is showing BIG signs such as this guy. I've said it before and I'll say it again, there is not enough people who understand the complexities of mental disabilities, even if a person SEEMS normal. Nobody would think offhand that I have Asperger's Syndrome from this comment if I didn't say so. The facts are society is ignoring the need for help, and throwing people into "special homes", but that isn't the solution. The communities need to pitch in and help, so a person can live a somewhat normal life and not have so much pressure on them that they snap. This man's instructors saw the signs, yet ignored them, and as horrific and sad as the shooting could have been much worse. In the past years, college students that have went on a shooting spree had shown signs of mental illness but it was ignored and they were allowed to buy guns. It should be mandatory that if a person shows signs like this man did, and they aren't diagnosed with anything, then the school should get in contact with a parent or next of kin IMMEDIATLY. A family that truly cares will find a way to get their loved one help. As for the guns, the laws need to be tighter for buying a gun!

    January 12, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    eureka moment=coitus?

    January 12, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Limbaugh is a liberal

    How could we have missed it! Wasn't it obvious that he was writing POETRY and that anyone who writes poetry must be an insane murderer? We have to ban poetry, it's killing people! And we need to give out more guns, guns, GUNS, because as we know, ONLY guns can stop other guns. (except apparently when people just tackle the gunman anyway, avoiding confusion that multiple people shooting and unnecessary stray bullets would have caused) So in summary: poetry is DANGEROUS and should be outlawed, and we need to give out even more GUNS indiscriminately so that we can stop people with guns (poets with guns) more easily...

    January 12, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
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  11. Melissa in NE

    I'm so sick of looking at this crazy SOB's mugshot every time I open CNN's web site. Don't you have anything else you can put up for ratings/traffic?!

    January 12, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Peter E

    If he were foreign born and brown I am sure the FBI would by now have analysed that poetry and come up with an interpretation. The 'bus' is surely a symbol for the 9/11 attacks. And his working out in the gym is his terrorist training. While the island in his second poem is surely his desire to be a martyr and go to heaven, while the dead dodo is his desire to kill Americans.
    But since he is a white Christian American, these interpretations must be silly, and his shooting of 20 people is not terrorism and we shouldn't draw conclusions about his countrymen, his race or religion in any way. If he is brown, however, then he is proof positive that ALL foreigners and all muslims must also be plotting to shoot us and terrorize us.

    January 12, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. 4Mom25

    These sound pretty normal to me.

    January 12, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jose

    Well, it's clear to me that Palin and Beck incited this guy to violence. It's spelled-out right there in print. [face palm]

    This guy sounds like that lunatic that stormed the Pennsylvania Sports club and killed all of those women. But of course, people will instead try to make political points from the tragedy. That is shameful.

    January 12, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rick in Idaho

    He was right in saying the government is out to destroy peoples lives. They have robbed us blind with their phony wars etc... Most Americans are ready for revolution at heart because they were offered hope after a failure of a leader and the hope was given to illegal aliens. Am I lying?

    January 12, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Not lying so much as paranoid and delusional. Most people do not, in fact, want to overthrow the government, Rick. Those thoughts would be called mental issues and you should go asap to your nearest mental health facility. Don't listen to the voices, listen to me: GO TO A PSYCHIATRIST.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
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