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01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 24 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 39 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 140 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 122 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 61 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 122 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 162 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 178 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 69 Senryu
12/24/2014 Moonlight Serenade 190 Etheree
12/22/2014 Fortress Home 119 Quatern
12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 127 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 116 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 147 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 181 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 304 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 95 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 197 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 278 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 133 Haiku
11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 208 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 106 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 102 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 315 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 134 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 238 Limerick
11/12/2014 Poetically Musical 251 Diamante
11/12/2014 My Fingernails Will Grow Back 179 Prose
11/12/2014 Sequence 104 Cinqku
11/04/2014 C'est la vie 243 Verse
11/04/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut 162 Epulaeryu
11/04/2014 I am a Seeker 285 Verse
10/31/2014 Mighty Waters 209 Verse
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery 231 Haiku
10/14/2014 The Scent Of Your Soul 180 Haiku
10/14/2014 Stressing 407 I do not know?
10/10/2014 Around the corner 1011 Alliteration
10/09/2014 moi-meme 178 Bio
10/08/2014 Monsters 415 Haiku
10/08/2014 October Bliss 285 Sijo
10/03/2014 Bastille Day Bicentennial July 1989 123 Senryu
10/03/2014 Warrior Poet 231 Acrostic
10/03/2014 Respect Our Homeworld 192 Rispetto
10/02/2014 Winter 377 Acrostic
09/28/2014 Farewell Ginger 184 Haiku
09/28/2014 Fleeting Serenity 148 Triolet
09/25/2014 Columns and Ranks 229 Quatern
09/20/2014 Somewhere In Time 244 Lyric
09/20/2014 Until My Ticker Expires 188 Lyric
09/20/2014 No Halloween Candy 374 Lyric
09/20/2014 Il Ne Suffit Pas 119 Couplet
09/20/2014 Bedroom Eyes 232 Lyric
09/20/2014 Lovers Point, LP Revisited 146 Acrostic
09/20/2014 I Can Only Touch The empty Air 236 Quatrain
09/19/2014 La Tour des Baleines 162 Verse
09/15/2014 Pinnacle 265 Prose Poetry
09/12/2014 In a dark, dark room 429 Quatern
09/08/2014 Rainy Days 281 Couplet
09/06/2014 Rappelez Vous, Remember 137 Quatrain
09/04/2014 Central Coast Autumn 216 Haiku
09/02/2014 The Mirror Doesn't Delude 168 Rhyme
08/27/2014 Partnach River 230 Haiku
08/21/2014 The Seasons Of Our Love 389 Sonnet
08/19/2014 The Fog Of War 225 Ottava rima
08/18/2014 To my lover on Saturday mornings 335 Footle
08/13/2014 Altruism in the Bible 167 Senryu
08/12/2014 Enlightenment 123 Senryu
08/05/2014 Solitude 151 Quatern
08/05/2014 Black Carriage 286 Verse
08/01/2014 Aha Obama 226 Haiku
07/28/2014 Clouds over the Ardennes 217 Haiku
07/23/2014 Probabilities of Life 185 Haiku
07/22/2014 Piano player in Rotgut's saloon 150 Couplet
07/16/2014 Scouts on Pinecrest Lake 166 Haiku
07/09/2014 Evenings on Strasbourg piers 158 Verse
07/08/2014 Partnach Gorge the most beautiful place 201 Prose Poetry
07/07/2014 Lafayette 197 Clerihew
07/06/2014 Libra 150 Senryu
07/02/2014 Far Destined Winds 159 Sonnet
07/02/2014 Armageddon Forthcoming 125 Senryu
06/27/2014 Point Lobos Paths 134 Couplet
06/25/2014 Colours 222 Quatern
06/24/2014 Muppet eulogy 261 Senryu
06/23/2014 Rotating Door--Past Lives contest 129 Quatern
06/23/2014 Choucroute garnie 182 Haiku
06/20/2014 Wasted Youth 175 Senryu
06/18/2014 Summer Moon 281 Acrostic
06/18/2014 Zombie Apocalypse 698 Alliteration
06/16/2014 Sunday Saints 124 Senryu
06/10/2014 My Only Flame 923 Rhyme
06/09/2014 Star Wars Rebellion haiku stream 411 Haiku
06/07/2014 Non-Judgemental Sex 319 Haiku
06/06/2014 Jayne Taylor's The Star 214 Couplet
06/06/2014 Is tolerance good or bad 330 Haiku
06/05/2014 Pre-Mortality Angst 141 Quatrain
06/04/2014 Destiny 222 Haiku
06/04/2014 Spiritual Baseball 425 Quatrain
06/02/2014 Writing in sand and stone 424 Sijo
06/01/2014 The X Legion Attack Order 173 Couplet
06/01/2014 Our Love Endures 196 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.