Do you know somebody who died in nine eleven,
Not on nine eleven, in nine eleven?
Do you know somebody who went to work on nine eleven
Not expecting not to come home that day in twenty oh one?
Do you know somebody who helped somebody else
Get out of the hell of those burning, then collapsing, buildings?
Do you know somebody who was in those planes
That acted as bombs flying into those buildings?
Do you know the pilots whose planes were wrested
From their control by terrorist cowards?
Do you know a New Yorker whose business that day
Took him too close to terror in and around the Twin Towers?
Do you know the mother of a daughter crushed to death
That day with no news of her fate until a long time later?
Do you know a fireman, police, or service person
Who gave his life as if it were his duty that day?
Do you know somebody who perished on nine eleven
Only because they were regular Americans doing what Americans do?
My prayers are for you, if you do too.