Poem with commentary and travel notes (audio)
Commentary on Promenade
Sad clown at the Promenade
didn't get what he thought he made.
At least he made some kids smile
and bystanders stay for a little while.
Putting on a happy face in Santa Monica
isn't always what it's cracked up to be.
In the clown's proximity
is an old man with a mic and harmonica
jammin' as if he were back on Beale
hummin' and hollerin' "Lucille".
But what people jammed in his tip jar
won't get him too far.
Down further is a daughter-father duo
belting and providing the strum
to "Comfortably Numb".
He lets her shine and steal the show.
Where they'll sleep tonight, they don't know
but they just go with the flow.
Benching myself by dinosaur shrubs,
I enjoy the hubbub
of the show-bees
workin' hard for drops of honey.
Without the real money,
they won't make it in show biz.
Despite a bad turn economically with several stores having to close over the few years, 3rd Street Promenade is worth a visit for general shopping.
Practice common sense when visiting the Promenade. Be on the alert for pick-pocket, especially in the evening. However, I would say that it is generally safe to visit with a good presence of police and vigilance to have a secure feeling.
See which establishments are here (current listing):
Official Third Street Promenade site
Visit and Leave a tip at Marinarena.com