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03/25/2015 Friend in exile 22 Senryu
03/18/2015 Excellence 107 Villanelle
03/18/2015 Greenish 35 I do not know?
03/18/2015 Anachronism 20 Senryu
03/17/2015 Inspiration or evolution 76 Haiku
03/09/2015 Masks and Gondolas 40 Verse
03/09/2015 Nature's First Law 127 Haiku
03/06/2015 Souls of our culture 155 Rubaiyat
03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 137 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 116 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 118 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 105 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 121 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 76 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 99 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 212 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 253 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 222 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 157 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 190 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 211 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 192 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 363 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 285 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 209 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 171 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 214 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 319 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 221 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 448 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 254 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 181 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 249 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 357 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 390 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 254 Senryu
12/24/2014 Moonlight Serenade 329 Etheree
12/22/2014 Fortress Home 281 Quatern
12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 257 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 240 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 260 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 290 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 497 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 192 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 405 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 385 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 246 Haiku
11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 324 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 198 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 198 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 462 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 267 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 392 Limerick
11/12/2014 Poetically Musical 399 Diamante
11/12/2014 My Fingernails Will Grow Back 288 Prose
11/12/2014 Sequence 201 Cinqku
11/04/2014 C'est la vie 406 Verse
11/04/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut 295 Epulaeryu
11/04/2014 I am a Seeker 381 Verse
10/31/2014 Mighty Waters 342 Verse
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery 367 Haiku
10/14/2014 The Scent Of Your Soul 288 Haiku
10/14/2014 Stressing 641 I do not know?
10/10/2014 Around the corner 1343 Alliteration
10/09/2014 moi-meme 270 Bio
10/08/2014 Monsters 586 Haiku
10/08/2014 October Bliss 399 Sijo
10/03/2014 Bastille Day Bicentennial July 1989 233 Senryu
10/03/2014 Warrior Poet 359 Acrostic
10/03/2014 Respect Our Homeworld 290 Rispetto
10/02/2014 Winter 520 Acrostic
09/28/2014 Farewell Ginger 285 Haiku
09/28/2014 Fleeting Serenity 280 Triolet
09/25/2014 Columns and Ranks 354 Quatern
09/20/2014 Somewhere In Time 325 Lyric
09/20/2014 Until My Ticker Expires 268 Lyric
09/20/2014 No Halloween Candy 485 Lyric
09/20/2014 Il Ne Suffit Pas 210 Couplet
09/20/2014 Bedroom Eyes 321 Lyric
09/20/2014 Lovers Point, LP Revisited 242 Acrostic
09/20/2014 I Can Only Touch The empty Air 348 Quatrain
09/19/2014 La Tour des Baleines 243 Verse
09/15/2014 Pinnacle 453 Prose Poetry
09/12/2014 In a dark, dark room 551 Quatern
09/08/2014 Rainy Days 390 Couplet
09/06/2014 Rappelez Vous, Remember 226 Quatrain
09/04/2014 Central Coast Autumn 306 Haiku
09/02/2014 The Mirror Doesn't Delude 265 Rhyme
08/27/2014 Partnach River 342 Haiku
08/21/2014 The Seasons Of Our Love 506 Sonnet
08/19/2014 The Fog Of War 367 Ottava rima
08/18/2014 To my lover on Saturday mornings 546 Footle
08/13/2014 Altruism in the Bible 264 Senryu
08/12/2014 Enlightenment 229 Senryu
08/05/2014 Solitude 249 Quatern
08/05/2014 Black Carriage 390 Verse
08/01/2014 Aha Obama 341 Haiku
07/28/2014 Clouds over the Ardennes 307 Haiku
07/23/2014 Probabilities of Life 289 Haiku
07/22/2014 Piano player in Rotgut's saloon 247 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.