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03/30/2015 Grandma the Firefighter 28 I do not know?
03/25/2015 Friend in exile 32 Senryu
03/18/2015 Excellence 158 Villanelle
03/18/2015 Greenish 40 I do not know?
03/18/2015 Anachronism 22 Senryu
03/17/2015 Inspiration or evolution 87 Haiku
03/09/2015 Masks and Gondolas 42 Verse
03/09/2015 Nature's First Law 138 Haiku
03/06/2015 Souls of our culture 178 Rubaiyat
03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 147 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 145 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 129 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 107 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 147 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 85 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 119 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 248 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 270 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 239 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 166 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 200 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 220 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 200 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 390 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 306 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 228 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 181 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 226 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 333 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 229 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 472 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 270 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 191 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 260 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 375 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 404 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 259 Senryu
12/24/2014 Moonlight Serenade 350 Etheree
12/22/2014 Fortress Home 295 Quatern
12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 265 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 248 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 268 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 301 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 517 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 202 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 440 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 391 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 253 Haiku
11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 333 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 205 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 207 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 469 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 277 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 403 Limerick
11/12/2014 Poetically Musical 410 Diamante
11/12/2014 My Fingernails Will Grow Back 294 Prose
11/12/2014 Sequence 213 Cinqku
11/04/2014 C'est la vie 433 Verse
11/04/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut 313 Epulaeryu
11/04/2014 I am a Seeker 392 Verse
10/31/2014 Mighty Waters 347 Verse
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery 378 Haiku
10/14/2014 The Scent Of Your Soul 296 Haiku
10/14/2014 Stressing 683 I do not know?
10/10/2014 Around the corner 1376 Alliteration
10/09/2014 moi-meme 282 Bio
10/08/2014 Monsters 607 Haiku
10/08/2014 October Bliss 405 Sijo
10/03/2014 Bastille Day Bicentennial July 1989 244 Senryu
10/03/2014 Warrior Poet 375 Acrostic
10/03/2014 Respect Our Homeworld 296 Rispetto
10/02/2014 Winter 536 Acrostic
09/28/2014 Farewell Ginger 294 Haiku
09/28/2014 Fleeting Serenity 294 Triolet
09/25/2014 Columns and Ranks 367 Quatern
09/20/2014 Somewhere In Time 329 Lyric
09/20/2014 Until My Ticker Expires 275 Lyric
09/20/2014 No Halloween Candy 498 Lyric
09/20/2014 Il Ne Suffit Pas 221 Couplet
09/20/2014 Bedroom Eyes 328 Lyric
09/20/2014 Lovers Point, LP Revisited 248 Acrostic
09/20/2014 I Can Only Touch The empty Air 352 Quatrain
09/19/2014 La Tour des Baleines 249 Verse
09/15/2014 Pinnacle 486 Prose Poetry
09/12/2014 In a dark, dark room 558 Quatern
09/08/2014 Rainy Days 398 Couplet
09/06/2014 Rappelez Vous, Remember 234 Quatrain
09/04/2014 Central Coast Autumn 316 Haiku
09/02/2014 The Mirror Doesn't Delude 278 Rhyme
08/27/2014 Partnach River 347 Haiku
08/21/2014 The Seasons Of Our Love 521 Sonnet
08/19/2014 The Fog Of War 373 Ottava rima
08/18/2014 To my lover on Saturday mornings 561 Footle
08/13/2014 Altruism in the Bible 273 Senryu
08/12/2014 Enlightenment 242 Senryu
08/05/2014 Solitude 255 Quatern
08/05/2014 Black Carriage 398 Verse
08/01/2014 Aha Obama 346 Haiku
07/28/2014 Clouds over the Ardennes 317 Haiku
07/23/2014 Probabilities of Life 296 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.