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04/17/2016 A Storm Is Brewing 110 I do not know?
04/06/2016 Seasons 182 I do not know?
04/03/2016 Citrus Ladies 81 Couplet
03/30/2016 Adult Children: A new species 151 I do not know?
03/21/2016 Clementine Tree 114 Haiku
03/21/2016 Serenade 115 Lyric
01/25/2016 Suicidal Humanity 480 Couplet
01/15/2016 Berlin 244 Quatrain
12/31/2015 New Beginnings - A Shadorma 239 Verse
12/28/2015 Why Poetry soup 173 Senryu
12/28/2015 Tormented in a pitch black room 472 Quatern
11/13/2015 Addicted to Starcraft-favorite vice 330 Lyric
10/18/2015 Old and new Halloween poems 244 Rhyme
09/30/2015 Planning more garden spaces 322 Abecedarian
09/23/2015 Giving Thanks 468 Narrative
09/20/2015 Oktoberfest In Munich--etheree 286 Etheree
09/17/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel--revised 249 Rhyme
09/16/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel 378 Rhyme
09/14/2015 Joan of Arc memorials 316 Prose Poetry
09/14/2015 Stove 232 Senryu
09/13/2015 Bella 455 Haiku
09/10/2015 Cannibal Morticians--A Halloween Poem 231 Rhyme
08/28/2015 Guiding Star 402 Lyric
08/21/2015 Life Would Keep Going On 346 Lyric
08/19/2015 If You Were Gone 339 I do not know?
07/27/2015 Quasimodo 310 Senryu
07/17/2015 Why do they do that 327 Senryu
07/17/2015 Freedom's Call 573 Acrostic
07/06/2015 Becoming Something Better 328 Senryu
06/22/2015 Existence 387 Senryu
06/19/2015 She Whispered I Love You 316 I do not know?
06/15/2015 Lap Dog 563 Haiku
06/10/2015 Weaponize Our Garbage Stuff 593 Couplet
06/05/2015 Music 756 Cinquain
06/04/2015 Tree Leaves 505 Haiku
06/03/2015 Can't hold You Close Enough 453 Lyric
06/01/2015 Henry Dunant 480 Clerihew
05/31/2015 Concert in West Germany 531 Narrative
05/31/2015 unnamed song's sexy chorus 730 Lyric
05/18/2015 This Weekend I Accomplished 710 List
05/13/2015 Normandy Beaches 613 Narrative
05/04/2015 The Last Eclipse 1070 Narrative
04/20/2015 Meaningless Meaning 532 Senryu
04/15/2015 Tragic Vacation 2001 398 Senryu
04/14/2015 Einstein and the Rule of 72 730 Limerick
04/07/2015 Mark Halliday: WarriorPoet 570 Couplet
03/30/2015 Grandma the Firefighter 634 I do not know?
03/25/2015 Friend in exile 420 Senryu
03/18/2015 Excellence 1025 Villanelle
03/18/2015 Greenish 611 I do not know?
03/18/2015 Anachronism 378 Senryu
03/17/2015 Inspiration or evolution 502 Haiku
03/09/2015 Masks and Gondolas 428 Verse
03/09/2015 Nature's First Law 898 Haiku
03/06/2015 Souls of our culture 985 Rubaiyat
03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 521 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 593 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 552 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 486 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 582 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 454 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 508 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 905 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 746 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 628 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 671 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 616 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 963 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 672 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 971 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 900 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 607 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 606 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 771 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 916 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 586 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 910 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 642 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 525 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 696 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 749 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 1015 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 746 Senryu
12/24/2014 Moonlight Serenade 802 Etheree
12/22/2014 Fortress Home 645 Quatern
12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 667 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 624 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 595 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 737 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 1046 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 897 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 1088 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 733 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 702 Haiku
11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 776 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 548 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 534 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 844 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 737 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 995 Limerick

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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.