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04/20/2015 Meaningless Meaning 56 Senryu
04/15/2015 Tragic Vacation 2001 46 Senryu
04/14/2015 Einstein and the Rule of 72 89 Limerick
04/07/2015 Mark Halliday: WarriorPoet 101 Couplet
03/30/2015 Grandma the Firefighter 110 I do not know?
03/25/2015 Friend in exile 55 Senryu
03/18/2015 Excellence 351 Villanelle
03/18/2015 Greenish 77 I do not know?
03/18/2015 Anachronism 45 Senryu
03/17/2015 Inspiration or evolution 110 Haiku
03/09/2015 Masks and Gondolas 60 Verse
03/09/2015 Nature's First Law 201 Haiku
03/06/2015 Souls of our culture 257 Rubaiyat
03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 181 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 194 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 172 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 125 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 182 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 125 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 151 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 338 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 303 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 271 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 191 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 224 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 272 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 236 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 439 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 337 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 253 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 204 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 253 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 395 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 246 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 501 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 283 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 208 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 274 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 403 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 436 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 294 Senryu
12/24/2014 Moonlight Serenade 376 Etheree
12/22/2014 Fortress Home 308 Quatern
12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 287 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 267 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 278 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 329 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 589 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 228 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 497 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 407 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 265 Haiku
11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 353 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 227 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 215 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 485 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 299 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 440 Limerick
11/12/2014 Poetically Musical 459 Diamante
11/12/2014 My Fingernails Will Grow Back 302 Prose
11/12/2014 Sequence 220 Cinqku
11/04/2014 C'est la vie 463 Verse
11/04/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut 341 Epulaeryu
11/04/2014 I am a Seeker 400 Verse
10/31/2014 Mighty Waters 364 Verse
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery 425 Haiku
10/14/2014 The Scent Of Your Soul 313 Haiku
10/14/2014 Stressing 749 I do not know?
10/10/2014 Around the corner 1465 Alliteration
10/09/2014 moi-meme 298 Bio
10/08/2014 Monsters 638 Haiku
10/08/2014 October Bliss 414 Sijo
10/03/2014 Bastille Day Bicentennial July 1989 267 Senryu
10/03/2014 Warrior Poet 403 Acrostic
10/03/2014 Respect Our Homeworld 313 Rispetto
10/02/2014 Winter 557 Acrostic
09/28/2014 Farewell Ginger 308 Haiku
09/28/2014 Fleeting Serenity 306 Triolet
09/25/2014 Columns and Ranks 378 Quatern
09/20/2014 Somewhere In Time 345 Lyric
09/20/2014 Until My Ticker Expires 292 Lyric
09/20/2014 No Halloween Candy 527 Lyric
09/20/2014 Il Ne Suffit Pas 236 Couplet
09/20/2014 Bedroom Eyes 349 Lyric
09/20/2014 Lovers Point, LP Revisited 267 Acrostic
09/20/2014 I Can Only Touch The empty Air 373 Quatrain
09/19/2014 La Tour des Baleines 261 Verse
09/15/2014 Pinnacle 540 Prose Poetry
09/12/2014 In a dark, dark room 577 Quatern
09/08/2014 Rainy Days 421 Couplet
09/06/2014 Rappelez Vous, Remember 251 Quatrain
09/04/2014 Central Coast Autumn 337 Haiku
09/02/2014 The Mirror Doesn't Delude 297 Rhyme
08/27/2014 Partnach River 356 Haiku
08/21/2014 The Seasons Of Our Love 538 Sonnet
08/19/2014 The Fog Of War 391 Ottava rima
08/18/2014 To my lover on Saturday mornings 597 Footle
08/13/2014 Altruism in the Bible 289 Senryu
08/12/2014 Enlightenment 253 Senryu
08/05/2014 Solitude 267 Quatern

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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.