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Date PostedPoem Title# ViewsForm
07/16/2014Scouts on Pinecrest Lake28Haiku
07/09/2014Evenings on Strasbourg piers27Verse
07/08/2014Partnach Gorge the most beautiful place33Prose Poetry
07/02/2014Far Destined Winds62Sonnet
07/02/2014Armageddon Forthcoming26Senryu
06/27/2014Point Lobos Paths33Couplet
06/24/2014Muppet eulogy83Senryu
06/23/2014Rotating Door--Past Lives contest24Quatern
06/23/2014Choucroute garnie47Haiku
06/20/2014Wasted Youth63Senryu
06/18/2014Summer Moon95Acrostic
06/18/2014Zombie Apocalypse155Alliteration
06/16/2014Sunday Saints47Senryu
06/10/2014My Only Flame211Rhyme
06/09/2014Star Wars Rebellion haiku stream171Haiku
06/07/2014Non-Judgemental Sex155Haiku
06/06/2014Jayne Taylor's The Star82Couplet
06/06/2014Is tolerance good or bad116Haiku
06/05/2014Pre-Mortality Angst69Quatrain
06/04/2014Spiritual Baseball164Quatrain
06/02/2014Writing in sand and stone152Sijo
06/01/2014The X Legion Attack Order67Couplet
06/01/2014Our Love Endures105Couplet
05/31/2014Dad Never Knew His Father121Couplet
05/31/2014German Volksmarches64Nonet
05/30/2014Descent Into The Maelstrom139Nonet
05/29/2014Call La Manche56Verse
05/28/2014Debussy Inspiration67Quatrain
05/26/2014Girls night out144Senryu
05/26/2014Modern Prometheus129Clerihew
05/26/2014Distant Thoughts87Free verse
05/25/2014Solar System Surfer274Senryu
05/25/2014Interstate 5 South92Senryu
05/22/2014Unbearable Beauty in Magenta90Free verse
05/22/2014Maple Donuts168Senryu
05/21/2014Tears In The Wind440Sonnet
05/20/2014Scary Moments200Couplet
05/19/2014To Find The Girl That I'd Love Best150Sestina
05/19/2014The Butterfly Flutters By180Free verse
05/18/2014Gone with the wind147Haiku
05/17/2014Count First -- Three Lines Ae Fine contest127Free verse
05/17/2014Brigham Young120Clerihew
05/16/2014Muscle Car Envy176Haiku
05/16/2014Michelle O160Clerihew
05/16/2014Eat The Rainbow340Lyric
05/15/2014Escape to nowhere148Haiku
05/15/2014Sexy Death Wish137Haiku
05/15/2014Measure For Measure80Haiku
05/15/2014Snuggle Bears118Haiku
05/15/2014InThe Mood For Love Again137Acrostic
05/14/2014Facebook et cetera152Haiku
05/13/20145:44 AM160Haiku
05/12/2014Obsessed by quaterns101Quatern
05/12/2014Don't Jinx It65Quatern
05/12/2014Bridging Scouts117Verse
05/11/2014Mister and Miss Right146Free verse
05/11/2014Cliches or Where have You Been All My Life102Lyric
05/09/2014Viking Death Prayer172Haiku
05/08/2014Into the sunset286Haiku
05/06/2014January Haikus89Haiku
05/06/2014Hemingway on Death64Haiku
05/04/2014Guitars are sexy134Haiku
05/04/2014Guitars mating72Haiku
05/04/2014Sunday Organist90Haiku
05/04/2014Close Enough To You or I want to, But I Won't 2014050476Quatern
05/02/2014Guitar sex135Haiku
05/02/2014Spanish Gypsy107Haiku
05/01/2014Vultures Feed - A Quatern143Quatern
05/01/2014A Soldier's Foreign Woman - Quatern103Quatern
04/29/2014My Forever Valentine141Lyric
04/29/2014Halfway There132Free verse
04/29/2014It isn't fair to her that I still think of you116Lyric
04/16/2014Any Better Than This 113Lyric
04/14/2014Egyptian Dancer105Lyric
04/07/2014Oriental Dancer 155Lyric
04/07/2014Raqs Sharqi - Belly Dancing97Free verse
04/04/2014Hit 'em Hard And hit 'em Fast for Star Craft II video game103Lyric
04/04/2014If My Siege-Tank's A-Rockin' from Star Craft II video game96Lyric
03/31/2014Odin's Army211Lyric

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Bloggers PhotoMy 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.