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08/01/2014Aha Obama12Haiku
07/28/2014Clouds over the Ardennes39Haiku
07/23/2014Probabilities of Life42Haiku
07/22/2014Piano player in Rotgut's saloon36Couplet
07/16/2014Scouts on Pinecrest Lake40Haiku
07/09/2014Evenings on Strasbourg piers33Verse
07/08/2014Partnach Gorge the most beautiful place36Prose Poetry
07/02/2014Far Destined Winds71Sonnet
07/02/2014Armageddon Forthcoming30Senryu
06/27/2014Point Lobos Paths35Couplet
06/24/2014Muppet eulogy95Senryu
06/23/2014Rotating Door--Past Lives contest28Quatern
06/23/2014Choucroute garnie51Haiku
06/20/2014Wasted Youth71Senryu
06/18/2014Summer Moon114Acrostic
06/18/2014Zombie Apocalypse174Alliteration
06/16/2014Sunday Saints53Senryu
06/10/2014My Only Flame245Rhyme
06/09/2014Star Wars Rebellion haiku stream184Haiku
06/07/2014Non-Judgemental Sex162Haiku
06/06/2014Jayne Taylor's The Star90Couplet
06/06/2014Is tolerance good or bad121Haiku
06/05/2014Pre-Mortality Angst72Quatrain
06/04/2014Spiritual Baseball174Quatrain
06/02/2014Writing in sand and stone166Sijo
06/01/2014The X Legion Attack Order69Couplet
06/01/2014Our Love Endures109Couplet
05/31/2014Dad Never Knew His Father130Couplet
05/31/2014German Volksmarches68Nonet
05/30/2014Descent Into The Maelstrom143Nonet
05/29/2014Call La Manche59Verse
05/28/2014Debussy Inspiration73Quatrain
05/26/2014Girls night out148Senryu
05/26/2014Modern Prometheus141Clerihew
05/26/2014Distant Thoughts88Free verse
05/25/2014Solar System Surfer279Senryu
05/25/2014Interstate 5 South96Senryu
05/22/2014Unbearable Beauty in Magenta91Free verse
05/22/2014Maple Donuts173Senryu
05/21/2014Tears In The Wind442Sonnet
05/20/2014Scary Moments204Couplet
05/19/2014To Find The Girl That I'd Love Best161Sestina
05/19/2014The Butterfly Flutters By188Free verse
05/18/2014Gone with the wind151Haiku
05/17/2014Count First -- Three Lines Ae Fine contest128Free verse
05/17/2014Brigham Young121Clerihew
05/16/2014Muscle Car Envy186Haiku
05/16/2014Michelle O166Clerihew
05/16/2014Eat The Rainbow357Lyric
05/15/2014Escape to nowhere151Haiku
05/15/2014Sexy Death Wish143Haiku
05/15/2014Measure For Measure84Haiku
05/15/2014Snuggle Bears120Haiku
05/15/2014InThe Mood For Love Again143Acrostic
05/14/2014Facebook et cetera158Haiku
05/13/20145:44 AM163Haiku
05/12/2014Obsessed by quaterns105Quatern
05/12/2014Don't Jinx It72Quatern
05/12/2014Bridging Scouts119Verse
05/11/2014Mister and Miss Right158Free verse
05/11/2014Cliches or Where have You Been All My Life104Lyric
05/09/2014Viking Death Prayer191Haiku
05/08/2014Into the sunset300Haiku
05/06/2014January Haikus92Haiku
05/06/2014Hemingway on Death68Haiku
05/04/2014Guitars are sexy138Haiku
05/04/2014Guitars mating76Haiku
05/04/2014Sunday Organist90Haiku
05/04/2014Close Enough To You or I want to, But I Won't 2014050480Quatern
05/02/2014Guitar sex141Haiku
05/02/2014Spanish Gypsy109Haiku
05/01/2014Vultures Feed - A Quatern146Quatern
05/01/2014A Soldier's Foreign Woman - Quatern106Quatern
04/29/2014My Forever Valentine144Lyric
04/29/2014Halfway There147Free verse
04/29/2014It isn't fair to her that I still think of you118Lyric
04/16/2014Any Better Than This 114Lyric
04/14/2014Egyptian Dancer106Lyric
04/07/2014Oriental Dancer 160Lyric
04/07/2014Raqs Sharqi - Belly Dancing104Free verse

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Bloggers PhotoMy Name is Mark Halliday (Staff Sergeant, US Army Retired). 
I grew up in Garden Grove, California.  I had piano lessons as a kid, and played flute in marching bands for 4 years. My first college attended was Santa Ana College, which was interrupted for two years while I served as a Mormon missionary in north-eastern France and southern Belgium.  While finishing my first AA in Liberal Arts, I played keyboard synthesizer with my friends in a band that focused on Beatles songs, surfer music, oldies, and pop songs from the 80s.  I started learning to play guitar around 1985.

Besides being involved in music, I like to draw.  My favorite hobby is reading.  I especially like military-science-fiction writers such as David Weber, David Drake, John Ringo, and Eric Flint.  I'm also fond of books by Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Tom Clancy, Harold Coyle, Harry Turtledove, Frank Herbert, Ian Fleming, W.E.B. Griffin, Clive Cussler, Jack Higgins, Arthur C. Clark, and writers for Star Wars novels such as Kevin Anderson.
I enlisted in the US Army (1987) near the end of the Cold War to be an Intelligence Analyst/Russian Linguist.  I later cross-trained into the Serbian and Croatian languages during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts, and spent time with UN Peacekeepers in Macedonia.  I also spent a year in Mosul, Iraq, helping train the Intelligence section of an Iraqi infantry battalion staff. I spent about a third of my service time in Germany, as well as Missouri, California, Texas, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Maryland.  I taught Russian, then Serb-Croatian, then French at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in Monterey, California, where I finally retired in 2007. 

I met my wife Nelly while visiting Paris, France, during the bicentennial of Bastille Day in 1989 (see my quatern poem A Soldier's Foreign Woman).  We have two sons.  We are still together, and happily still best friends.

While still in the Army, I earned an AS in Ornamental Horticulture at Monterey Peninsula College (and have enough credits for another in Business Administration), and a BS in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on European languages and culture.
I work full time as an Army civilian Supply Technician at the DLIFLC in Monterey, and on call as a commercial charter bus driver for a company in Marina CA (see my poem The Butterfly Flutters by).  I've been learning bass guitar the last few years and also using a keyboard workstation.  I'm slowly learning to record my songs on computers, too.

This is how I got into poetry.  I was 'in-like' with one of my French converts back in the 80s; she sent me a poem or two, so I reciprocated and started writing sonnets and songs (see my lyric Odessey), ever since about 1983.  Today my normal focus is on writing songs instead of poems, so in a sense many of my recent poems are ideas that I could not easily make into lyrics....not quite failures per se, but not successful towards my first priority.  As of this writing (May 2014), I am working on recording my songs Tropical Getaway, Something you Left Behind, Egyptian Dancer, Lady Luck Stomped Out, and the children's song Blow More Bubbles.

My dream is to create a band called the Retropolitan Underground, which plays new songs using older musical styles, probably heavily into old pop-jazz fusions.