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09/20/2014Somewhere In Time42Lyric
09/20/2014Until My Ticker Expires14Lyric
09/20/2014No Halloween Candy15Lyric
09/20/2014Il Ne Suffit Pas10Couplet
09/20/2014Bedroom Eyes46Lyric
09/20/2014Lovers Point, LP Revisited14Acrostic
09/20/2014I Can Only Touch The empty Air44Quatrain
09/19/2014La Tour des Baleines15Verse
09/15/2014Pinnacle91Prose Poetry
09/12/2014In a dark, dark room107Quatern
09/08/2014Rainy Days107Couplet
09/06/2014Rappelez Vous, Remember43Quatrain
09/04/2014Central Coast Autumn74Haiku
09/02/2014The Mirror Doesn't Delude58Rhyme
08/27/2014Partnach River109Haiku
08/21/2014The Seasons Of Our Love201Sonnet
08/19/2014The Fog Of War89Ottava rima
08/18/2014To my lover on Saturday mornings127Footle
08/13/2014Altruism in the Bible85Senryu
08/12/2014Enlightenment44Senryu
08/05/2014Solitude64Quatern
08/05/2014Black Carriage134Verse
08/01/2014Aha Obama118Haiku
07/28/2014Clouds over the Ardennes105Haiku
07/23/2014Probabilities of Life101Haiku
07/22/2014Piano player in Rotgut's saloon57Couplet
07/16/2014Scouts on Pinecrest Lake68Haiku
07/09/2014Evenings on Strasbourg piers69Verse
07/08/2014Partnach Gorge the most beautiful place52Prose Poetry
07/07/2014Lafayette63Clerihew
07/06/2014Libra79Senryu
07/02/2014Far Destined Winds101Sonnet
07/02/2014Armageddon Forthcoming55Senryu
06/27/2014Point Lobos Paths50Couplet
06/25/2014Colours101Quatern
06/24/2014Muppet eulogy134Senryu
06/23/2014Rotating Door--Past Lives contest49Quatern
06/23/2014Choucroute garnie72Haiku
06/20/2014Wasted Youth92Senryu
06/18/2014Summer Moon177Acrostic
06/18/2014Zombie Apocalypse291Alliteration
06/16/2014Sunday Saints76Senryu
06/10/2014My Only Flame382Rhyme
06/09/2014Star Wars Rebellion haiku stream233Haiku
06/07/2014Non-Judgemental Sex196Haiku
06/06/2014Jayne Taylor's The Star112Couplet
06/06/2014Is tolerance good or bad156Haiku
06/05/2014Pre-Mortality Angst80Quatrain
06/04/2014Destiny157Haiku
06/04/2014Spiritual Baseball217Quatrain
06/02/2014Writing in sand and stone203Sijo
06/01/2014The X Legion Attack Order94Couplet
06/01/2014Our Love Endures129Couplet
05/31/2014Dad Never Knew His Father173Couplet
05/31/2014German Volksmarches84Nonet
05/30/2014Descent Into The Maelstrom162Nonet
05/29/2014Call La Manche83Verse
05/29/2014Mermaids180Haiku
05/28/2014Debussy Inspiration81Quatrain
05/28/2014I100Verse
05/26/2014Girls night out160Senryu
05/26/2014Modern Prometheus194Clerihew
05/26/2014Distant Thoughts108Free verse
05/25/2014Solar System Surfer360Senryu
05/25/2014Interstate 5 South117Senryu
05/22/2014Unbearable Beauty in Magenta108Free verse
05/22/2014Maple Donuts219Senryu
05/21/2014Tears In The Wind451Sonnet
05/20/2014Aging230Senryu
05/20/2014Gravity418Haiku
05/20/2014Scary Moments225Couplet
05/19/2014To Find The Girl That I'd Love Best185Sestina
05/19/2014The Butterfly Flutters By234Free verse
05/18/2014Gone with the wind171Haiku
05/17/2014Count First -- Three Lines Ae Fine contest144Free verse
05/17/2014Brigham Young136Clerihew
05/16/2014Muscle Car Envy228Haiku
05/16/2014Michelle O182Clerihew
05/16/2014Eat The Rainbow402Lyric
05/15/2014Silver155Haiku
05/15/2014Escape to nowhere192Haiku
05/15/2014Sexy Death Wish167Haiku
05/15/2014Measure For Measure105Haiku
05/15/2014Snuggle Bears134Haiku
05/15/2014InThe Mood For Love Again166Acrostic
05/14/2014Facebook et cetera211Haiku
05/13/2014Afterglow223Haiku
05/13/20145:44 AM192Haiku
05/12/2014Obsessed by quaterns130Quatern
05/12/2014Encore156Quatern
05/12/2014Don't Jinx It89Quatern
05/12/2014Bridging Scouts128Verse
05/11/2014Mister and Miss Right183Free verse
05/11/2014Cliches or Where have You Been All My Life113Lyric
05/09/2014Viking Death Prayer293Haiku
05/08/2014Into the sunset364Haiku
05/08/2014Vampires165Haiku
05/06/2014January Haikus107Haiku
05/06/2014Hemingway on Death75Haiku
05/06/2014Starcraft253Haiku
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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.