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Date PostedPoemTitle# ViewsForm
11/13/2015 Addicted to Starcraft-favorite vice 59 Lyric
10/18/2015 Old and new Halloween poems 95 Rhyme
09/30/2015 Planning more garden spaces 148 Abecedarian
09/23/2015 Giving Thanks 253 Narrative
09/20/2015 Oktoberfest In Munich--etheree 131 Etheree
09/17/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel--revised 115 Rhyme
09/16/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel 197 Rhyme
09/14/2015 Joan of Arc memorials 156 Prose Poetry
09/14/2015 Stove 74 Senryu
09/13/2015 Bella 182 Haiku
09/10/2015 Cannibal Morticians--A Halloween Poem 96 Rhyme
08/28/2015 Guiding Star 205 Lyric
08/21/2015 Life Would Keep Going On 172 Lyric
08/19/2015 If You Were Gone 173 I do not know?
07/27/2015 Quasimodo 144 Senryu
07/17/2015 Why do they do that 172 Senryu
07/17/2015 Freedom's Call 325 Acrostic
07/06/2015 Becoming Something Better 153 Senryu
06/22/2015 Existence 238 Senryu
06/19/2015 She Whispered I Love You 204 I do not know?
06/15/2015 Lap Dog 318 Haiku
06/10/2015 Weaponize Our Garbage Stuff 367 Couplet
06/05/2015 Music 543 Cinquain
06/04/2015 Tree Leaves 347 Haiku
06/03/2015 Can't hold You Close Enough 292 Lyric
06/01/2015 Henry Dunant 282 Clerihew
05/31/2015 Concert in West Germany 337 Narrative
05/31/2015 unnamed song's sexy chorus 549 Lyric
05/18/2015 This Weekend I Accomplished 411 List
05/13/2015 Normandy Beaches 399 Narrative
05/04/2015 The Last Eclipse 809 Narrative
04/20/2015 Meaningless Meaning 368 Senryu
04/15/2015 Tragic Vacation 2001 268 Senryu
04/14/2015 Einstein and the Rule of 72 490 Limerick
04/07/2015 Mark Halliday: WarriorPoet 387 Couplet
03/30/2015 Grandma the Firefighter 433 I do not know?
03/25/2015 Friend in exile 257 Senryu
03/18/2015 Excellence 806 Villanelle
03/18/2015 Greenish 390 I do not know?
03/18/2015 Anachronism 216 Senryu
03/17/2015 Inspiration or evolution 339 Haiku
03/09/2015 Masks and Gondolas 264 Verse
03/09/2015 Nature's First Law 648 Haiku
03/06/2015 Souls of our culture 751 Rubaiyat
03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 372 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 437 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 379 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 326 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 428 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 311 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 350 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 671 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 574 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 454 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 468 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 472 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 641 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 472 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 701 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 601 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 457 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 408 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 574 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 716 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 436 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 739 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 458 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 371 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 538 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 614 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 711 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 594 Senryu
12/24/2014 Moonlight Serenade 628 Etheree
12/22/2014 Fortress Home 481 Quatern
12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 517 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 467 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 461 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 566 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 844 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 555 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 732 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 602 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 505 Haiku
11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 597 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 398 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 364 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 695 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 557 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 744 Limerick
11/12/2014 Poetically Musical 706 Diamante
11/12/2014 My Fingernails Will Grow Back 495 Prose
11/12/2014 Sequence 422 Cinqku
11/04/2014 C'est la vie 691 Verse
11/04/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut 575 Epulaeryu
11/04/2014 I am a Seeker 597 Verse
10/31/2014 Mighty Waters 554 Verse
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery 724 Haiku
10/14/2014 The Scent Of Your Soul 533 Haiku
10/14/2014 Stressing 1092 I do not know?
10/10/2014 Around the corner 1848 Alliteration

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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.