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10/14/2014The Scent Of Your Soul50Haiku
10/14/2014Stressing52I do not know?
10/10/2014Around the corner292Alliteration
10/08/2014October Bliss110Sijo
10/03/2014Bastille Day Bicentennial July 198940Senryu
10/03/2014Warrior Poet83Acrostic
10/03/2014Respect Our Homeworld73Rispetto
09/28/2014Farewell Ginger86Haiku
09/28/2014Fleeting Serenity42Triolet
09/25/2014Columns and Ranks53Quatern
09/20/2014Somewhere In Time169Lyric
09/20/2014Until My Ticker Expires96Lyric
09/20/2014No Halloween Candy205Lyric
09/20/2014Il Ne Suffit Pas33Couplet
09/20/2014Bedroom Eyes154Lyric
09/20/2014Lovers Point, LP Revisited57Acrostic
09/20/2014I Can Only Touch The empty Air122Quatrain
09/19/2014La Tour des Baleines71Verse
09/15/2014Pinnacle164Prose Poetry
09/12/2014In a dark, dark room234Quatern
09/08/2014Rainy Days173Couplet
09/06/2014Rappelez Vous, Remember77Quatrain
09/04/2014Central Coast Autumn100Haiku
09/02/2014The Mirror Doesn't Delude84Rhyme
08/27/2014Partnach River140Haiku
08/21/2014The Seasons Of Our Love233Sonnet
08/19/2014The Fog Of War113Ottava rima
08/18/2014To my lover on Saturday mornings179Footle
08/13/2014Altruism in the Bible96Senryu
08/05/2014Black Carriage165Verse
08/01/2014Aha Obama144Haiku
07/28/2014Clouds over the Ardennes114Haiku
07/23/2014Probabilities of Life107Haiku
07/22/2014Piano player in Rotgut's saloon71Couplet
07/16/2014Scouts on Pinecrest Lake83Haiku
07/09/2014Evenings on Strasbourg piers88Verse
07/08/2014Partnach Gorge the most beautiful place59Prose Poetry
07/02/2014Far Destined Winds111Sonnet
07/02/2014Armageddon Forthcoming63Senryu
06/27/2014Point Lobos Paths62Couplet
06/24/2014Muppet eulogy147Senryu
06/23/2014Rotating Door--Past Lives contest53Quatern
06/23/2014Choucroute garnie91Haiku
06/20/2014Wasted Youth101Senryu
06/18/2014Summer Moon196Acrostic
06/18/2014Zombie Apocalypse383Alliteration
06/16/2014Sunday Saints81Senryu
06/10/2014My Only Flame467Rhyme
06/09/2014Star Wars Rebellion haiku stream266Haiku
06/07/2014Non-Judgemental Sex220Haiku
06/06/2014Jayne Taylor's The Star126Couplet
06/06/2014Is tolerance good or bad186Haiku
06/05/2014Pre-Mortality Angst86Quatrain
06/04/2014Spiritual Baseball252Quatrain
06/02/2014Writing in sand and stone222Sijo
06/01/2014The X Legion Attack Order103Couplet
06/01/2014Our Love Endures137Couplet
05/31/2014Dad Never Knew His Father202Couplet
05/31/2014German Volksmarches95Nonet
05/30/2014Descent Into The Maelstrom179Nonet
05/29/2014Call La Manche89Verse
05/28/2014Debussy Inspiration86Quatrain
05/26/2014Girls night out166Senryu
05/26/2014Modern Prometheus228Clerihew
05/26/2014Distant Thoughts127Free verse
05/25/2014Solar System Surfer416Senryu
05/25/2014Interstate 5 South122Senryu
05/22/2014Unbearable Beauty in Magenta114Free verse
05/22/2014Maple Donuts241Senryu
05/21/2014Tears In The Wind459Sonnet
05/20/2014Scary Moments235Couplet
05/19/2014To Find The Girl That I'd Love Best246Sestina
05/19/2014The Butterfly Flutters By270Free verse
05/18/2014Gone with the wind187Haiku
05/17/2014Count First -- Three Lines Ae Fine contest150Free verse
05/17/2014Brigham Young149Clerihew
05/16/2014Muscle Car Envy253Haiku
05/16/2014Michelle O194Clerihew
05/16/2014Eat The Rainbow434Lyric
05/15/2014Escape to nowhere199Haiku
05/15/2014Sexy Death Wish175Haiku
05/15/2014Measure For Measure112Haiku
05/15/2014Snuggle Bears161Haiku
05/15/2014InThe Mood For Love Again171Acrostic
05/14/2014Facebook et cetera231Haiku

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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 like to draw.  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, 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 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 (May 2014), 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.