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Date PostedPoemTitle# ViewsForm
07/27/2015 Quasimodo 25 Senryu
07/17/2015 Why do they do that 55 Senryu
07/17/2015 Freedom's Call 98 Acrostic
07/06/2015 Becoming Something Better 43 Senryu
06/22/2015 Existence 117 Senryu
06/19/2015 She Whispered I Love You 90 I do not know?
06/15/2015 Lap Dog 134 Haiku
06/10/2015 Weaponize Our Garbage Stuff 173 Couplet
06/05/2015 Music 256 Cinquain
06/04/2015 Tree Leaves 191 Haiku
06/03/2015 Can't hold You Close Enough 141 Lyric
06/01/2015 Henry Dunant 148 Clerihew
05/31/2015 Concert in West Germany 169 Narrative
05/31/2015 unnamed song's sexy chorus 239 Lyric
05/18/2015 This Weekend I Accomplished 179 List
05/13/2015 Normandy Beaches 186 Narrative
05/04/2015 The Last Eclipse 581 Narrative
04/20/2015 Meaningless Meaning 213 Senryu
04/15/2015 Tragic Vacation 2001 155 Senryu
04/14/2015 Einstein and the Rule of 72 280 Limerick
04/07/2015 Mark Halliday: WarriorPoet 244 Couplet
03/30/2015 Grandma the Firefighter 269 I do not know?
03/25/2015 Friend in exile 135 Senryu
03/18/2015 Excellence 590 Villanelle
03/18/2015 Greenish 215 I do not know?
03/18/2015 Anachronism 102 Senryu
03/17/2015 Inspiration or evolution 212 Haiku
03/09/2015 Masks and Gondolas 142 Verse
03/09/2015 Nature's First Law 409 Haiku
03/06/2015 Souls of our culture 428 Rubaiyat
03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 239 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 302 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 257 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 185 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 282 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 186 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 226 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 479 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 412 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 340 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 288 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 328 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 431 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 319 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 554 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 406 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 334 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 276 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 375 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 551 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 309 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 590 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 346 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 262 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 366 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 473 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 532 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 424 Senryu
12/24/2014 Moonlight Serenade 472 Etheree
12/22/2014 Fortress Home 367 Quatern
12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 359 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 334 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 334 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 414 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 690 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 314 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 557 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 466 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 337 Haiku
11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 434 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 281 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 256 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 533 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 406 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 538 Limerick
11/12/2014 Poetically Musical 563 Diamante
11/12/2014 My Fingernails Will Grow Back 354 Prose
11/12/2014 Sequence 275 Cinqku
11/04/2014 C'est la vie 527 Verse
11/04/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut 431 Epulaeryu
11/04/2014 I am a Seeker 460 Verse
10/31/2014 Mighty Waters 423 Verse
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery 552 Haiku
10/14/2014 The Scent Of Your Soul 385 Haiku
10/14/2014 Stressing 893 I do not know?
10/10/2014 Around the corner 1628 Alliteration
10/09/2014 moi-meme 362 Bio
10/08/2014 Monsters 752 Haiku
10/08/2014 October Bliss 469 Sijo
10/03/2014 Bastille Day Bicentennial July 1989 369 Senryu
10/03/2014 Warrior Poet 526 Acrostic
10/03/2014 Respect Our Homeworld 381 Rispetto
10/02/2014 Winter 603 Acrostic
09/28/2014 Farewell Ginger 370 Haiku
09/28/2014 Fleeting Serenity 389 Triolet
09/25/2014 Columns and Ranks 429 Quatern
09/20/2014 Somewhere In Time 409 Lyric
09/20/2014 Until My Ticker Expires 344 Lyric
09/20/2014 No Halloween Candy 611 Lyric
09/20/2014 Il Ne Suffit Pas 304 Couplet

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My 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 also like to draw.  Often my pictures have the same theme as my lyrics or poetry.  I have a series of drawings of musical instruments in fantasy/science fiction settings, for example a picture of a bass guitar fighting off biplanes from on top of the Empire State Building (based on the original film King Kong), and others of primitive man surrounding a giant set of keyboards (similar to the opening of 2001 A Space Oddessey).

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, Jim Butcher, George R. R. Martin, 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 from Excelsior College 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 (January 2015), 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.  We just bought an older quaint house in Salinas, California, near Hartnell College.  I want to apply some of my education and skills to upgrade the house, by 1) turning my garage into a home music studio, 2) organically growing vegetables and fruit trees everywhere around the house with enough sunlight, and 3) painting some murals inside.  So far I'm working on an image of a pergola covered with flowers in the master bedroom.