The Fairy Ring Writing Contest Submission – Thomas Loy

In his first flash fiction competition ever, Thomas Loy has sent us a piece full of nostalgia.

Dreaming of Heaven and Big Back Yards
As I long to stay awake, I can feel slumber being forced upon me and the thoughts of heaven and home begin to lay me down to sleep. As the sleep fairy takes me away to slumber town, I can see my home in Tennessee at the bottom of the long hill with the weeping willow tree and my big back yard. 
I saw the world in my backyard. The Big Orange played and beat Alabama everyday. The ivy walls of Wrigley Field and the maple tree was the big green wall at Fenway Park. 
The smell of fresh cut grass in the summer and fallen leaves in the fall. A picnic table to eat peanut butter sandwichs and drink cherry Kool Aid on hot summer days.
Dogwood trees were magic tents. Evel Knievel rode and Bear Bryant stood, leaning against the old oak tree. Normandy Beach was stormed many times and the battle always interupted by the call of my loving grandmother offering homemade biscuits and freshly fried chicken.
It’s where my first dog had her puppies. The Lone Ranger chased a thousand outlaws there. The swing where I stole my first kiss. Summer days and magic ways. Life has never been as simple since.
I believe there is a heaven. I believe we go as kids and our family waits patiently for us with outstretched arms, because heavens just another place just like my big back yard.



  1. February Grace
    Feb 20, 2012

    This was truly beautiful, and quite a unique take on the theme. Well done, Thomas!


  2. SJIHolliday
    Feb 20, 2012

    Lovely piece of work, really like the take on the theme. Hard to believe this was a first ever comp entry! Well done :)

  3. Brewed Bohemian
    Feb 20, 2012

    Agree – a nice take on the prompt and lovely imagery.

  4. Bullish
    Feb 20, 2012

    Love the phrase ‘Dogwood trees were magic tents’ and all the wonderful images! Childhood is a kind of magic and heaven all its own and you captured it wonderfully! :)

  5. moonduster
    Feb 20, 2012

    That was really beautiful. I felt peaceful just reaidng it. :)

  6. Dee Solberg
    Feb 21, 2012

    Heavenly! A rich tapestry of simple, pleasures.

  7. Victoria Boulton
    Feb 21, 2012

    This reads like poetry. Lovely work. :)

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