Esther and Willow
By Laurel Blossom
This is the pool set halfway between the guesthouse and the main house, built by Mrs. Godfrey in 1941, the year Esther Williams started at MGM. I swim on the diagonal to make a length a little longer. The water's warm where the LA sun has touched it, cool where it floats in shade. I'm taking my first swim in Mrs. Godfrey's pool. My landlord Al says Mrs. Godfrey was one of Esther Williams's understudies. The guesthouse is white, the sky blue, the house at the corner of Esther and Willow. Al says this is a coincidence. I don't believe him. Coincidence is a myth.
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