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12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 20 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 6 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 71 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 71 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 63 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 47 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 70 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 162 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 83 Haiku
11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 96 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 63 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 59 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 227 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 89 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 146 Limerick
11/12/2014 Poetically Musical 180 Diamante
11/12/2014 My Fingernails Will Grow Back 127 Prose
11/12/2014 Sequence 59 Cinqku
11/04/2014 C'est la vie 168 Verse
11/04/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut 115 Epulaeryu
11/04/2014 I am a Seeker 205 Verse
10/31/2014 Mighty Waters 148 Verse
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery 154 Haiku
10/14/2014 The Scent Of Your Soul 125 Haiku
10/14/2014 Stressing 269 I do not know?
10/10/2014 Around the corner 841 Alliteration
10/09/2014 moi-meme 123 Bio
10/08/2014 Monsters 317 Haiku
10/08/2014 October Bliss 249 Sijo
10/03/2014 Bastille Day Bicentennial July 1989 83 Senryu
10/03/2014 Warrior Poet 177 Acrostic
10/03/2014 Respect Our Homeworld 151 Rispetto
10/02/2014 Winter 300 Acrostic
09/28/2014 Farewell Ginger 134 Haiku
09/28/2014 Fleeting Serenity 99 Triolet
09/25/2014 Columns and Ranks 98 Quatern
09/20/2014 Somewhere In Time 199 Lyric
09/20/2014 Until My Ticker Expires 141 Lyric
09/20/2014 No Halloween Candy 291 Lyric
09/20/2014 Il Ne Suffit Pas 69 Couplet
09/20/2014 Bedroom Eyes 191 Lyric
09/20/2014 Lovers Point, LP Revisited 103 Acrostic
09/20/2014 I Can Only Touch The empty Air 184 Quatrain
09/19/2014 La Tour des Baleines 121 Verse
09/15/2014 Pinnacle 220 Prose Poetry
09/12/2014 In a dark, dark room 345 Quatern
09/08/2014 Rainy Days 230 Couplet
09/06/2014 Rappelez Vous, Remember 101 Quatrain
09/04/2014 Central Coast Autumn 162 Haiku
09/02/2014 The Mirror Doesn't Delude 120 Rhyme
08/27/2014 Partnach River 189 Haiku
08/21/2014 The Seasons Of Our Love 271 Sonnet
08/19/2014 The Fog Of War 171 Ottava rima
08/18/2014 To my lover on Saturday mornings 271 Footle
08/13/2014 Altruism in the Bible 137 Senryu
08/12/2014 Enlightenment 71 Senryu
08/05/2014 Solitude 110 Quatern
08/05/2014 Black Carriage 212 Verse
08/01/2014 Aha Obama 183 Haiku
07/28/2014 Clouds over the Ardennes 151 Haiku
07/23/2014 Probabilities of Life 127 Haiku
07/22/2014 Piano player in Rotgut's saloon 96 Couplet
07/16/2014 Scouts on Pinecrest Lake 123 Haiku
07/09/2014 Evenings on Strasbourg piers 117 Verse
07/08/2014 Partnach Gorge the most beautiful place 90 Prose Poetry
07/07/2014 Lafayette 135 Clerihew
07/06/2014 Libra 105 Senryu
07/02/2014 Far Destined Winds 128 Sonnet
07/02/2014 Armageddon Forthcoming 89 Senryu
06/27/2014 Point Lobos Paths 89 Couplet
06/25/2014 Colours 167 Quatern
06/24/2014 Muppet eulogy 216 Senryu
06/23/2014 Rotating Door--Past Lives contest 83 Quatern
06/23/2014 Choucroute garnie 134 Haiku
06/20/2014 Wasted Youth 118 Senryu
06/18/2014 Summer Moon 240 Acrostic
06/18/2014 Zombie Apocalypse 634 Alliteration
06/16/2014 Sunday Saints 102 Senryu
06/10/2014 My Only Flame 688 Rhyme
06/09/2014 Star Wars Rebellion haiku stream 341 Haiku
06/07/2014 Non-Judgemental Sex 275 Haiku
06/06/2014 Jayne Taylor's The Star 162 Couplet
06/06/2014 Is tolerance good or bad 273 Haiku
06/05/2014 Pre-Mortality Angst 113 Quatrain
06/04/2014 Destiny 188 Haiku
06/04/2014 Spiritual Baseball 338 Quatrain
06/02/2014 Writing in sand and stone 280 Sijo
06/01/2014 The X Legion Attack Order 130 Couplet
06/01/2014 Our Love Endures 162 Couplet
05/31/2014 Dad Never Knew His Father 249 Couplet
05/31/2014 German Volksmarches 137 Nonet
05/30/2014 Descent Into The Maelstrom 198 Nonet
05/29/2014 Call La Manche 125 Verse
05/29/2014 Mermaids 302 Haiku
05/28/2014 Debussy Inspiration 114 Quatrain
05/28/2014 I 118 Verse
05/26/2014 Girls night out 205 Senryu
05/26/2014 Modern Prometheus 334 Clerihew
05/26/2014 Distant Thoughts 156 Free verse
05/25/2014 Solar System Surfer 500 Senryu
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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 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 (December 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.