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Date PostedPoemTitle# ViewsForm
09/30/2015 Planning more garden spaces 53 Abecedarian
09/23/2015 Giving Thanks 135 Narrative
09/20/2015 Oktoberfest In Munich--etheree 89 Etheree
09/17/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel--revised 81 Rhyme
09/16/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel 117 Rhyme
09/14/2015 Joan of Arc memorials 84 Prose Poetry
09/14/2015 Stove 43 Senryu
09/13/2015 Bella 111 Haiku
09/10/2015 Cannibal Morticians--A Halloween Poem 72 Rhyme
08/28/2015 Guiding Star 144 Lyric
08/21/2015 Life Would Keep Going On 144 Lyric
08/19/2015 If You Were Gone 147 I do not know?
07/27/2015 Quasimodo 98 Senryu
07/17/2015 Why do they do that 138 Senryu
07/17/2015 Freedom's Call 270 Acrostic
07/06/2015 Becoming Something Better 110 Senryu
06/22/2015 Existence 203 Senryu
06/19/2015 She Whispered I Love You 155 I do not know?
06/15/2015 Lap Dog 259 Haiku
06/10/2015 Weaponize Our Garbage Stuff 298 Couplet
06/05/2015 Music 461 Cinquain
06/04/2015 Tree Leaves 300 Haiku
06/03/2015 Can't hold You Close Enough 247 Lyric
06/01/2015 Henry Dunant 238 Clerihew
05/31/2015 Concert in West Germany 276 Narrative
05/31/2015 unnamed song's sexy chorus 430 Lyric
05/18/2015 This Weekend I Accomplished 328 List
05/13/2015 Normandy Beaches 324 Narrative
05/04/2015 The Last Eclipse 735 Narrative
04/20/2015 Meaningless Meaning 323 Senryu
04/15/2015 Tragic Vacation 2001 222 Senryu
04/14/2015 Einstein and the Rule of 72 415 Limerick
04/07/2015 Mark Halliday: WarriorPoet 342 Couplet
03/30/2015 Grandma the Firefighter 365 I do not know?
03/25/2015 Friend in exile 220 Senryu
03/18/2015 Excellence 724 Villanelle
03/18/2015 Greenish 333 I do not know?
03/18/2015 Anachronism 185 Senryu
03/17/2015 Inspiration or evolution 290 Haiku
03/09/2015 Masks and Gondolas 204 Verse
03/09/2015 Nature's First Law 589 Haiku
03/06/2015 Souls of our culture 634 Rubaiyat
03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 324 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 397 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 329 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 276 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 375 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 271 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 303 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 603 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 513 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 410 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 399 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 418 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 583 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 416 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 646 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 532 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 419 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 369 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 506 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 662 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 393 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 690 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 422 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 344 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 493 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 567 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 648 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 535 Senryu
12/24/2014 Moonlight Serenade 565 Etheree
12/22/2014 Fortress Home 437 Quatern
12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 468 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 421 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 422 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 517 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 788 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 461 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 665 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 557 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 441 Haiku
11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 526 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 356 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 327 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 646 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 504 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 664 Limerick
11/12/2014 Poetically Musical 650 Diamante
11/12/2014 My Fingernails Will Grow Back 453 Prose
11/12/2014 Sequence 378 Cinqku
11/04/2014 C'est la vie 632 Verse
11/04/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut 527 Epulaeryu
11/04/2014 I am a Seeker 537 Verse
10/31/2014 Mighty Waters 510 Verse
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery 653 Haiku
10/14/2014 The Scent Of Your Soul 477 Haiku
10/14/2014 Stressing 1008 I do not know?
10/10/2014 Around the corner 1755 Alliteration
10/09/2014 moi-meme 448 Bio
10/08/2014 Monsters 854 Haiku

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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.