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08/27/2014Partnach River23Haiku
08/21/2014The Seasons Of Our Love119Sonnet
08/19/2014The Fog Of War50Ottava rima
08/18/2014To my lover on Saturday mornings63Footle
08/13/2014Altruism in the Bible45Senryu
08/05/2014Black Carriage75Verse
08/01/2014Aha Obama106Haiku
07/28/2014Clouds over the Ardennes88Haiku
07/23/2014Probabilities of Life95Haiku
07/22/2014Piano player in Rotgut's saloon46Couplet
07/16/2014Scouts on Pinecrest Lake61Haiku
07/09/2014Evenings on Strasbourg piers51Verse
07/08/2014Partnach Gorge the most beautiful place47Prose Poetry
07/02/2014Far Destined Winds88Sonnet
07/02/2014Armageddon Forthcoming39Senryu
06/27/2014Point Lobos Paths42Couplet
06/24/2014Muppet eulogy120Senryu
06/23/2014Rotating Door--Past Lives contest36Quatern
06/23/2014Choucroute garnie61Haiku
06/20/2014Wasted Youth84Senryu
06/18/2014Summer Moon163Acrostic
06/18/2014Zombie Apocalypse224Alliteration
06/16/2014Sunday Saints65Senryu
06/10/2014My Only Flame301Rhyme
06/09/2014Star Wars Rebellion haiku stream210Haiku
06/07/2014Non-Judgemental Sex175Haiku
06/06/2014Jayne Taylor's The Star98Couplet
06/06/2014Is tolerance good or bad134Haiku
06/05/2014Pre-Mortality Angst77Quatrain
06/04/2014Spiritual Baseball190Quatrain
06/02/2014Writing in sand and stone182Sijo
06/01/2014The X Legion Attack Order84Couplet
06/01/2014Our Love Endures116Couplet
05/31/2014Dad Never Knew His Father155Couplet
05/31/2014German Volksmarches72Nonet
05/30/2014Descent Into The Maelstrom151Nonet
05/29/2014Call La Manche76Verse
05/28/2014Debussy Inspiration76Quatrain
05/26/2014Girls night out152Senryu
05/26/2014Modern Prometheus159Clerihew
05/26/2014Distant Thoughts101Free verse
05/25/2014Solar System Surfer310Senryu
05/25/2014Interstate 5 South102Senryu
05/22/2014Unbearable Beauty in Magenta99Free verse
05/22/2014Maple Donuts193Senryu
05/21/2014Tears In The Wind445Sonnet
05/20/2014Scary Moments214Couplet
05/19/2014To Find The Girl That I'd Love Best174Sestina
05/19/2014The Butterfly Flutters By212Free verse
05/18/2014Gone with the wind159Haiku
05/17/2014Count First -- Three Lines Ae Fine contest136Free verse
05/17/2014Brigham Young130Clerihew
05/16/2014Muscle Car Envy204Haiku
05/16/2014Michelle O175Clerihew
05/16/2014Eat The Rainbow389Lyric
05/15/2014Escape to nowhere175Haiku
05/15/2014Sexy Death Wish151Haiku
05/15/2014Measure For Measure95Haiku
05/15/2014Snuggle Bears125Haiku
05/15/2014InThe Mood For Love Again159Acrostic
05/14/2014Facebook et cetera185Haiku
05/13/20145:44 AM179Haiku
05/12/2014Obsessed by quaterns114Quatern
05/12/2014Don't Jinx It75Quatern
05/12/2014Bridging Scouts122Verse
05/11/2014Mister and Miss Right170Free verse
05/11/2014Cliches or Where have You Been All My Life110Lyric
05/09/2014Viking Death Prayer232Haiku
05/08/2014Into the sunset339Haiku
05/06/2014January Haikus101Haiku
05/06/2014Hemingway on Death70Haiku
05/04/2014Guitars are sexy152Haiku
05/04/2014Guitars mating85Haiku
05/04/2014Sunday Organist101Haiku
05/04/2014Close Enough To You or I want to, But I Won't 2014050485Quatern
05/02/2014Guitar sex151Haiku
05/02/2014Spanish Gypsy124Haiku
05/01/2014Vultures Feed - A Quatern162Quatern
05/01/2014A Soldier's Foreign Woman - Quatern113Quatern

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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.