Chili beats dentistry ANY day

October 12, 2009

This lim’rick goes out just to Ben
We hope that now gone, he’s found zen
For the life that he led
and the people he fed
D.L. gives a hearty ‘amen!’

He started it in ’58
When dentistry wasn’t his fate
Then it seemed silly
A place to buy chilli?
Yet clearly he’d made something great

On U St when jazz was the thing
Musicians would eat and then sing
The great Nat King Cole
Devoured his bowl
And business was good until King

The loss of the great MLK
Brought riots and bad disarray
The grief came to blows
But Ben’s didn’t close
And still remains strong to this day

-D.L.

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