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Date PostedPoemTitle# ViewsForm
11/13/2015 Addicted to Starcraft-favorite vice 61 Lyric
10/18/2015 Old and new Halloween poems 97 Rhyme
09/30/2015 Planning more garden spaces 152 Abecedarian
09/23/2015 Giving Thanks 260 Narrative
09/20/2015 Oktoberfest In Munich--etheree 133 Etheree
09/17/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel--revised 117 Rhyme
09/16/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel 201 Rhyme
09/14/2015 Joan of Arc memorials 159 Prose Poetry
09/14/2015 Stove 75 Senryu
09/13/2015 Bella 187 Haiku
09/10/2015 Cannibal Morticians--A Halloween Poem 97 Rhyme
08/28/2015 Guiding Star 209 Lyric
08/21/2015 Life Would Keep Going On 175 Lyric
08/19/2015 If You Were Gone 176 I do not know?
07/27/2015 Quasimodo 153 Senryu
07/17/2015 Why do they do that 174 Senryu
07/17/2015 Freedom's Call 328 Acrostic
07/06/2015 Becoming Something Better 154 Senryu
06/22/2015 Existence 240 Senryu
06/19/2015 She Whispered I Love You 206 I do not know?
06/15/2015 Lap Dog 322 Haiku
06/10/2015 Weaponize Our Garbage Stuff 368 Couplet
06/05/2015 Music 545 Cinquain
06/04/2015 Tree Leaves 348 Haiku
06/03/2015 Can't hold You Close Enough 293 Lyric
06/01/2015 Henry Dunant 283 Clerihew
05/31/2015 Concert in West Germany 339 Narrative
05/31/2015 unnamed song's sexy chorus 551 Lyric
05/18/2015 This Weekend I Accomplished 417 List
05/13/2015 Normandy Beaches 406 Narrative
05/04/2015 The Last Eclipse 815 Narrative
04/20/2015 Meaningless Meaning 371 Senryu
04/15/2015 Tragic Vacation 2001 269 Senryu
04/14/2015 Einstein and the Rule of 72 495 Limerick
04/07/2015 Mark Halliday: WarriorPoet 390 Couplet
03/30/2015 Grandma the Firefighter 444 I do not know?
03/25/2015 Friend in exile 260 Senryu
03/18/2015 Excellence 809 Villanelle
03/18/2015 Greenish 392 I do not know?
03/18/2015 Anachronism 218 Senryu
03/17/2015 Inspiration or evolution 343 Haiku
03/09/2015 Masks and Gondolas 267 Verse
03/09/2015 Nature's First Law 654 Haiku
03/06/2015 Souls of our culture 756 Rubaiyat
03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 376 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 439 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 383 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 330 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 433 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 313 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 351 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 671 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 576 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 462 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 470 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 475 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 643 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 475 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 706 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 603 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 462 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 410 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 577 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 718 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 437 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 743 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 461 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 373 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 539 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 616 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 714 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 596 Senryu
12/24/2014 Moonlight Serenade 635 Etheree
12/22/2014 Fortress Home 484 Quatern
12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 520 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 470 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 463 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 569 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 848 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 560 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 738 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 603 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 506 Haiku
11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 602 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 401 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 368 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 696 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 562 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 749 Limerick
11/12/2014 Poetically Musical 711 Diamante
11/12/2014 My Fingernails Will Grow Back 496 Prose
11/12/2014 Sequence 423 Cinqku
11/04/2014 C'est la vie 693 Verse
11/04/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut 576 Epulaeryu
11/04/2014 I am a Seeker 603 Verse
10/31/2014 Mighty Waters 556 Verse
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery 726 Haiku
10/14/2014 The Scent Of Your Soul 534 Haiku
10/14/2014 Stressing 1094 I do not know?
10/10/2014 Around the corner 1851 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.