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. Scott

    I find it interesting that there is nothing about these poems that would ever suggest a disturbed mind. This kid is interesting in a very pathological way!

    January 12, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • max

      Scott would you say that if he would of killed your mom or 9 year old daughter. Your an idiot.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • HereinVegas

      Scott, I agree with you, looking at the writings alone.
      Max, you are the idiot, we are discussing the writings (or poems if you like) ONLY, not the killings.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony (from New Zealand)

      These poems are purportedly Loughner's, you say? The intelligibility of these poems, especially "Dead as a Dodo", is nothing like the incoherent grammatically challenged sssssssslop on full display in Loughner's youtube videos.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony (from New Zealand)

      Oops. I didn't intend my post above to be a reply to you, Scott. Sorry about that.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. akgjkajgkjkjkei

    In the presnt Congress is just another name for nobles, small kings instead of just one king and aristrocates, similar term, that keep on constantly making laws. The wealthy, businesses, similarily. What happen is no suprise, in political corruption such things occur.The more economical crises and umemployment the more of these people you will have. if obama and congress had done their jobs Jared Loughner would of not be unemployed along with the 15 million unemployed and still rising numbers so Loughner would of never felt betrayed by his country. Obama needs to get over the fact he isn't improving this country.

    Alot of people are realizing this country only serve or benefit themselves esp. congress in this economic crisis where president and govt. is only giving out money to businesses and banks though they ruined the economy making it a economical crisis while ignoring the laid off workings while covering up unemployment numbers and issues.

    But why should congress care the only thing they care about is brides, money laundering from businesses to do them favors or pass unjust laws that puts. As long as they get money from businesses they are happy to do what they ask

    January 12, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Buster

      Frustrated, huh? Don't go a shootin' nobody now, ya hear?

      January 12, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • george

      Go back to school.

      January 12, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • jk

      Oh please, you whiny, lazy and clueless mistake.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Clearly, Jared Loughner was right – literacy really has become an issue, hasn't it?

      January 12, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Speedro

      Get a job, dude.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Duh

      So it's the government's job to create jobs? huh. So much for free enterprise and smaller government

      January 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crotus

      Good Lord! Quick! someone save this guy's post. It may serve to demonstrate his psychological and\or emotional state at this point in time. Clearly it shows an individual who is uneducated, uninformed, and quick to place the blame on the big bad Liberal (in this case) government, instead of on the other whack-job who pulled the trigger this time.

      And Shame on CNN for posting the writings with absolutely no professional commentary. I don't see anything in the two passages that yells out "Hey, I'm really ticked off and will probably harm someone soon!", but I have absolutely no traingin to do so. Maybe it's there, and maybe it isn't but posting the writings with no sense of what we are supposed to be drawing from them is inviting us to draw the wrong conclusions. Sure, post the writing. but then let's have a couple of mental health professionals or maybe an FBI profiler comment on them as well?

      January 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabe Currier

      Unemployment made him do this? It's not like he's a p!ssed off out of work factory worker with mouth's to feed. He's a 22 year old college student, probably directionless with barely a teenagers understanding of consequences. Unemployment didn't cause this, mental instability with a little bit of general stupidity did this.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. g

    why are we giving this guy so much exposure????????

    January 12, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    This is idiotic. Mentally disturbed kid goes on shooting spree, murders people including 9 year old girl. Media puts his picture allover the web, prints his poetry, millions look at his you tube videos. Looks like he got exactly what he wanted, contracts media, you fulfilled the wishes of a murderer at the expense of the rest of us.

    Its like this every time this happens. This, columbine, virginia tech, etc. Thanks to the stupidity of our media/society, every depressed, distrubed, disconnected kid knows EXACTLY what they need to do to get their moment in the spotlight.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Run4DaHills

      Whether Loughner's YouTube had been publicized or not, anything connected to him would have, eventually, been found by independent researchers or your average citizen, looking for answers. The point is, people want answers. Loughners' YouTube and ATS forum writings, and now, this "poetry" are not filled with world changing ideas, by any means. What is important is, the public has access to it so each person can have their own level of insight and closure on the matter. By repressing information, it serves only to promote misinformation and bizarre conspiracy theories – and there's already enough of that going around.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • jk

      Run4dahills has it right for the most part. He forgot to add that for some reason, we as a nation are fascinated with watching train wrecks or the result. Because of that, media doesn't have to work too hard to satisfy our fascination and make a couple $ in so doing.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • jk

      After all Chris, as much as it bothers you (me to) we both stopped by to stare.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Speedro

      Somehow I think that if it was attention he was looking for he will be regretting his decision while in prison.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Disgusted

    For Scott Zamost and other reporters... Why the huge photo of Laughner everywhere I look? Are you amazed by his "I'm so proud of myself; job well done!" grin? I don't want to see him as I'm sure he is thrilled that the world is fasinated with his mug. I can't imagine what showing him constantly online, tv, newspapers does for the family and close friends of the victims. Come on America.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • tensor

      Agreed. Yes, it's his police mug shot and the Uncle Fester look adds to the creepy nature of his crimes, but it's getting to be a bit much.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Galtha58

    Not really news. These poems could have come from anyone. They don't seem abnormal except for a few comments. Even those are not really that far outside the norm.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Janet Mitchell

    i like his poems, what's the deal with this artical?

    January 12, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dana

    Sounds like something I'd see in a typical college literary magazine. Not sure why it's worth parsing over. I think everyone might be over analyzing why this kid did what he did. He was probably suffering from feelings of alienation, was rejected a few too many times by women, and retreated into some kind of intellectualism he could call his own (and eventually got lost in it.) He probably craved meaning in his life and took it too far.

    At least a million people feel this way but don't act. Eventually, one of them will.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Speedro

      Well put.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeah

      Dana, well put. He is desperately looking for significance. I absolutely guarantee you we will find out why he did this. You see, he will have to disclose his rationale only to give meaning and significance to his actions. Otherwise, he will go to his grace for no reason – and that is something I am sure he does not want. Its only a matter of time before investigators and psychologists put this together and, in all probability, he will fess up whether to police or to some media interview. Just wait.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lora

    Man, those poems are just filled with right wing conspiracy theory violent rhetoric. I don't understand why we all missed the connection here.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. vancouverguy

    way to go cnn. i cant wait until tomorrow when you give the 'third church of lobotomized zombies from kansas' a few hours of press as well, while they are picketing that young girls funeral.
    the united states has one foot in the door when it comes to becoming a police state.
    i must say that as a law abiding citizen, i honestly dont know how I would behave if they picketed the funeral of one of MY family members.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. What's the point of this story?

    This story about his poetry really is a waste of everyone's time. It has virtually no significance or relevance to anything involved in the case. I know even less about the accused now than before I read his bad poetry. Way to waste everyone's time CNN.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Run4DaHills

      Just the opposite. Every puzzle piece is important, even, if it ends up just being a puzzle piece that got shuffled into another box. In other words, everything should be examined, as it may show a process of deterioration or a connection to something that does end up being significant. This is not just all about Loughner. It is about helping stop madness like this from ever occurring again by understanding how the madness starts and takes hold. If it annoys you, then, move along, Citizen.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • abm

      CNN didn't waste your time. You did. They just printed it. You chose to read it.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sat

    Why print this? The press is giving this guy what he wants. More notoriety. Don't you get it!!!! He's probably loving the fact his so called poems are being printed!!!

    January 12, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Speedro

      He doesn't know about any of it, he is in a cell.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Artie2

      Exactly. He figured out how to gain the attention he always craved as a young adult but never quite received. The 'hot girls' didn't pay any attention to him, don't know what he received from his parents, but now...... look what happened overnight. He became a media sensation. EVERYONE is looking at him now. Bright spot in the gene pool. ha

      There once was a poet named Jared,
      who wanted to be famous like Harrod.
      After he pulled the trigger
      he became the Jerk who put on a smirk
      but in prison he'll be somebody's nigueur

      January 12, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • JK

      Agreed. I'm sick of idiots doing bad things making nationwide headlines/fame while great kids doing good things are totally ignored. We need to identify how he got a gun while being a known nutcase and why the communication to Fed. Firearm reg. didn't work, who sold it to him, and where he got the money to buy a Glock 19. Then we need to fix it and forget about this loser.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. UhYeah

    The poems sucked, but nothing unusual about them. I'd give them a C-average.

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

    Does anyone think they're already planning for the TV movie on this?

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

    I think the first one is actually kind of good – very honest.

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