Band Pay Respects To Author

US blues rockers Cold War Kids have written a poem in tribute to author David Foster Wallace, an American writer who commited suicide earlier this month.

The band have written a Myspace blog explaining that new poem "This Is Water" may be turned into a song. "Those of you who are familiar with the writer David Wallace know how much his passing affects us all," they wrote. "We wrote a short poem with him in mind that will hopefully become a song soon."

Cold War Kids have often spoke of their appreciation of the author, who was found dead by his wife on September 12th. The band's tribute poem reads as follows:

This Is Water

First thing you taught me
Was to keep digging inside
At my intentions
Keep asking why why why

Second thing you taught me
Was to be sincere
Not like all these smart alec sarcastics
Drowning in fear

You reminded me -
This is water! And
It feels good to swim!
After you hooked me and you reeled me up
And threw me out again

Talked like professors
You talked like policemen and whores
You became so many people
I felt like I had known them before

The third thing you taught me
Is that when I'm waiting in line
At the supermarket checkout
That my time is not worth more than your time

Your head like a lightning rod
Your heart a cocoon
We certainly won't have another like you
Anytime soon.
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