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05/16/2016 House of Cards 103 Lyric
05/08/2016 This man's Jesus 121 Lyric
04/17/2016 A Storm Is Brewing 176 I do not know?
04/06/2016 Seasons 245 I do not know?
04/03/2016 Citrus Ladies 121 Couplet
03/30/2016 Adult Children: A new species 201 I do not know?
03/21/2016 Clementine Tree 151 Haiku
03/21/2016 Serenade 165 Lyric
01/25/2016 Suicidal Humanity 530 Couplet
01/15/2016 Berlin 296 Quatrain
12/31/2015 New Beginnings - A Shadorma 268 Verse
12/28/2015 Why Poetry soup 208 Senryu
12/28/2015 Tormented in a pitch black room 519 Quatern
11/13/2015 Addicted to Starcraft-favorite vice 363 Lyric
10/18/2015 Old and new Halloween poems 268 Rhyme
09/30/2015 Planning more garden spaces 353 Abecedarian
09/23/2015 Giving Thanks 487 Narrative
09/20/2015 Oktoberfest In Munich--etheree 308 Etheree
09/17/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel--revised 272 Rhyme
09/16/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel 411 Rhyme
09/14/2015 Joan of Arc memorials 340 Prose Poetry
09/14/2015 Stove 248 Senryu
09/13/2015 Bella 493 Haiku
09/10/2015 Cannibal Morticians--A Halloween Poem 247 Rhyme
08/28/2015 Guiding Star 436 Lyric
08/21/2015 Life Would Keep Going On 376 Lyric
08/19/2015 If You Were Gone 362 I do not know?
07/27/2015 Quasimodo 341 Senryu
07/17/2015 Why do they do that 361 Senryu
07/17/2015 Freedom's Call 613 Acrostic
07/06/2015 Becoming Something Better 367 Senryu
06/22/2015 Existence 410 Senryu
06/19/2015 She Whispered I Love You 349 I do not know?
06/15/2015 Lap Dog 596 Haiku
06/10/2015 Weaponize Our Garbage Stuff 622 Couplet
06/05/2015 Music 798 Cinquain
06/04/2015 Tree Leaves 525 Haiku
06/03/2015 Can't hold You Close Enough 481 Lyric
06/01/2015 Henry Dunant 536 Clerihew
05/31/2015 Concert in West Germany 574 Narrative
05/31/2015 unnamed song's sexy chorus 755 Lyric
05/18/2015 This Weekend I Accomplished 752 List
05/13/2015 Normandy Beaches 646 Narrative
05/04/2015 The Last Eclipse 1103 Narrative
04/20/2015 Meaningless Meaning 553 Senryu
04/15/2015 Tragic Vacation 2001 424 Senryu
04/14/2015 Einstein and the Rule of 72 768 Limerick
04/07/2015 Mark Halliday: WarriorPoet 599 Couplet
03/30/2015 Grandma the Firefighter 658 I do not know?
03/25/2015 Friend in exile 446 Senryu
03/18/2015 Excellence 1047 Villanelle
03/18/2015 Greenish 635 I do not know?
03/18/2015 Anachronism 400 Senryu
03/17/2015 Inspiration or evolution 529 Haiku
03/09/2015 Masks and Gondolas 451 Verse
03/09/2015 Nature's First Law 940 Haiku
03/06/2015 Souls of our culture 1014 Rubaiyat
03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 539 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 619 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 573 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 506 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 605 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 485 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 522 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 928 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 763 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 651 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 707 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 639 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 1014 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 701 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 1005 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 933 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 632 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 631 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 811 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 938 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 612 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 929 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 659 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 546 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 714 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 765 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 1059 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 767 Senryu
12/24/2014 Moonlight Serenade 820 Etheree
12/22/2014 Fortress Home 670 Quatern
12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 696 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 659 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 619 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 764 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 1094 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 918 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 1136 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 765 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 734 Haiku
11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 818 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 574 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 553 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 867 Senryu

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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.