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11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 25 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 22 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 22 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 71 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 34 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 110 Limerick
11/12/2014 Poetically Musical 123 Diamante
11/12/2014 My Fingernails Will Grow Back 83 Prose
11/12/2014 Sequence 44 Cinqku
11/04/2014 C'est la vie 114 Verse
11/04/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut 89 Epulaeryu
11/04/2014 I am a Seeker 181 Verse
10/31/2014 Mighty Waters 114 Verse
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery 124 Haiku
10/14/2014 The Scent Of Your Soul 101 Haiku
10/14/2014 Stressing 204 I do not know?
10/10/2014 Around the corner 726 Alliteration
10/09/2014 moi-meme 105 Bio
10/08/2014 Monsters 291 Haiku
10/08/2014 October Bliss 204 Sijo
10/03/2014 Bastille Day Bicentennial July 1989 71 Senryu
10/03/2014 Warrior Poet 162 Acrostic
10/03/2014 Respect Our Homeworld 138 Rispetto
10/02/2014 Winter 246 Acrostic
09/28/2014 Farewell Ginger 113 Haiku
09/28/2014 Fleeting Serenity 80 Triolet
09/25/2014 Columns and Ranks 91 Quatern
09/20/2014 Somewhere In Time 187 Lyric
09/20/2014 Until My Ticker Expires 133 Lyric
09/20/2014 No Halloween Candy 264 Lyric
09/20/2014 Il Ne Suffit Pas 62 Couplet
09/20/2014 Bedroom Eyes 185 Lyric
09/20/2014 Lovers Point, LP Revisited 81 Acrostic
09/20/2014 I Can Only Touch The empty Air 162 Quatrain
09/19/2014 La Tour des Baleines 106 Verse
09/15/2014 Pinnacle 207 Prose Poetry
09/12/2014 In a dark, dark room 330 Quatern
09/08/2014 Rainy Days 218 Couplet
09/06/2014 Rappelez Vous, Remember 92 Quatrain
09/04/2014 Central Coast Autumn 131 Haiku
09/02/2014 The Mirror Doesn't Delude 102 Rhyme
08/27/2014 Partnach River 166 Haiku
08/21/2014 The Seasons Of Our Love 260 Sonnet
08/19/2014 The Fog Of War 142 Ottava rima
08/18/2014 To my lover on Saturday mornings 243 Footle
08/13/2014 Altruism in the Bible 121 Senryu
08/12/2014 Enlightenment 64 Senryu
08/05/2014 Solitude 101 Quatern
08/05/2014 Black Carriage 192 Verse
08/01/2014 Aha Obama 169 Haiku
07/28/2014 Clouds over the Ardennes 141 Haiku
07/23/2014 Probabilities of Life 124 Haiku
07/22/2014 Piano player in Rotgut's saloon 86 Couplet
07/16/2014 Scouts on Pinecrest Lake 111 Haiku
07/09/2014 Evenings on Strasbourg piers 110 Verse
07/08/2014 Partnach Gorge the most beautiful place 75 Prose Poetry
07/07/2014 Lafayette 115 Clerihew
07/06/2014 Libra 97 Senryu
07/02/2014 Far Destined Winds 122 Sonnet
07/02/2014 Armageddon Forthcoming 80 Senryu
06/27/2014 Point Lobos Paths 80 Couplet
06/25/2014 Colours 154 Quatern
06/24/2014 Muppet eulogy 186 Senryu
06/23/2014 Rotating Door--Past Lives contest 69 Quatern
06/23/2014 Choucroute garnie 114 Haiku
06/20/2014 Wasted Youth 113 Senryu
06/18/2014 Summer Moon 226 Acrostic
06/18/2014 Zombie Apocalypse 556 Alliteration
06/16/2014 Sunday Saints 97 Senryu
06/10/2014 My Only Flame 602 Rhyme
06/09/2014 Star Wars Rebellion haiku stream 310 Haiku
06/07/2014 Non-Judgemental Sex 258 Haiku
06/06/2014 Jayne Taylor's The Star 146 Couplet
06/06/2014 Is tolerance good or bad 229 Haiku
06/05/2014 Pre-Mortality Angst 98 Quatrain
06/04/2014 Destiny 183 Haiku
06/04/2014 Spiritual Baseball 311 Quatrain
06/02/2014 Writing in sand and stone 247 Sijo
06/01/2014 The X Legion Attack Order 119 Couplet
06/01/2014 Our Love Endures 152 Couplet
05/31/2014 Dad Never Knew His Father 219 Couplet
05/31/2014 German Volksmarches 119 Nonet
05/30/2014 Descent Into The Maelstrom 193 Nonet
05/29/2014 Call La Manche 106 Verse
05/29/2014 Mermaids 275 Haiku
05/28/2014 Debussy Inspiration 102 Quatrain
05/28/2014 I 114 Verse
05/26/2014 Girls night out 178 Senryu
05/26/2014 Modern Prometheus 306 Clerihew
05/26/2014 Distant Thoughts 150 Free verse
05/25/2014 Solar System Surfer 475 Senryu
05/25/2014 Interstate 5 South 138 Senryu
05/22/2014 Unbearable Beauty in Magenta 132 Free verse
05/22/2014 Maple Donuts 294 Senryu
05/21/2014 Tears In The Wind 476 Sonnet
05/20/2014 Aging 259 Senryu
05/20/2014 Gravity 561 Haiku
05/20/2014 Scary Moments 256 Couplet
05/19/2014 To Find The Girl That I'd Love Best 330 Sestina
05/19/2014 The Butterfly Flutters By 316 Free verse
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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 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.