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04/15/2015 Tragic Vacation 2001 22 Senryu
04/14/2015 Einstein and the Rule of 72 53 Limerick
04/07/2015 Mark Halliday: WarriorPoet 55 Couplet
03/30/2015 Grandma the Firefighter 90 I do not know?
03/25/2015 Friend in exile 49 Senryu
03/18/2015 Excellence 300 Villanelle
03/18/2015 Greenish 63 I do not know?
03/18/2015 Anachronism 41 Senryu
03/17/2015 Inspiration or evolution 105 Haiku
03/09/2015 Masks and Gondolas 54 Verse
03/09/2015 Nature's First Law 176 Haiku
03/06/2015 Souls of our culture 233 Rubaiyat
03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 175 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 184 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 164 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 122 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 169 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 106 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 141 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 321 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 295 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 261 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 188 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 213 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 260 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 226 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 423 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 333 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 251 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 196 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 246 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 366 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 243 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 496 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 279 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 202 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 271 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 391 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 427 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 275 Senryu
12/24/2014 Moonlight Serenade 368 Etheree
12/22/2014 Fortress Home 306 Quatern
12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 285 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 265 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 276 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 321 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 565 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 221 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 489 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 402 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 264 Haiku
11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 349 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 225 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 214 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 482 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 294 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 433 Limerick
11/12/2014 Poetically Musical 448 Diamante
11/12/2014 My Fingernails Will Grow Back 302 Prose
11/12/2014 Sequence 220 Cinqku
11/04/2014 C'est la vie 452 Verse
11/04/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut 336 Epulaeryu
11/04/2014 I am a Seeker 400 Verse
10/31/2014 Mighty Waters 359 Verse
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery 408 Haiku
10/14/2014 The Scent Of Your Soul 308 Haiku
10/14/2014 Stressing 742 I do not know?
10/10/2014 Around the corner 1448 Alliteration
10/09/2014 moi-meme 294 Bio
10/08/2014 Monsters 630 Haiku
10/08/2014 October Bliss 412 Sijo
10/03/2014 Bastille Day Bicentennial July 1989 261 Senryu
10/03/2014 Warrior Poet 400 Acrostic
10/03/2014 Respect Our Homeworld 307 Rispetto
10/02/2014 Winter 555 Acrostic
09/28/2014 Farewell Ginger 307 Haiku
09/28/2014 Fleeting Serenity 304 Triolet
09/25/2014 Columns and Ranks 376 Quatern
09/20/2014 Somewhere In Time 338 Lyric
09/20/2014 Until My Ticker Expires 290 Lyric
09/20/2014 No Halloween Candy 513 Lyric
09/20/2014 Il Ne Suffit Pas 234 Couplet
09/20/2014 Bedroom Eyes 346 Lyric
09/20/2014 Lovers Point, LP Revisited 267 Acrostic
09/20/2014 I Can Only Touch The empty Air 366 Quatrain
09/19/2014 La Tour des Baleines 260 Verse
09/15/2014 Pinnacle 536 Prose Poetry
09/12/2014 In a dark, dark room 574 Quatern
09/08/2014 Rainy Days 412 Couplet
09/06/2014 Rappelez Vous, Remember 245 Quatrain
09/04/2014 Central Coast Autumn 335 Haiku
09/02/2014 The Mirror Doesn't Delude 294 Rhyme
08/27/2014 Partnach River 355 Haiku
08/21/2014 The Seasons Of Our Love 537 Sonnet
08/19/2014 The Fog Of War 384 Ottava rima
08/18/2014 To my lover on Saturday mornings 590 Footle
08/13/2014 Altruism in the Bible 287 Senryu
08/12/2014 Enlightenment 250 Senryu
08/05/2014 Solitude 262 Quatern
08/05/2014 Black Carriage 410 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 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.