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03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 22 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 55 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 35 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 60 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 42 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 45 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 48 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 116 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 197 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 135 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 113 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 122 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 146 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 142 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 258 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 191 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 137 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 127 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 154 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 248 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 174 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 347 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 221 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 142 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 214 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 289 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 325 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 197 Senryu
12/24/2014 Moonlight Serenade 280 Etheree
12/22/2014 Fortress Home 205 Quatern
12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 214 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 204 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 222 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 251 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 406 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 158 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 293 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 351 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 210 Haiku
11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 279 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 166 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 162 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 411 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 216 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 338 Limerick
11/12/2014 Poetically Musical 347 Diamante
11/12/2014 My Fingernails Will Grow Back 264 Prose
11/12/2014 Sequence 164 Cinqku
11/04/2014 C'est la vie 340 Verse
11/04/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut 243 Epulaeryu
11/04/2014 I am a Seeker 346 Verse
10/31/2014 Mighty Waters 306 Verse
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery 314 Haiku
10/14/2014 The Scent Of Your Soul 246 Haiku
10/14/2014 Stressing 537 I do not know?
10/10/2014 Around the corner 1206 Alliteration
10/09/2014 moi-meme 231 Bio
10/08/2014 Monsters 506 Haiku
10/08/2014 October Bliss 354 Sijo
10/03/2014 Bastille Day Bicentennial July 1989 189 Senryu
10/03/2014 Warrior Poet 322 Acrostic
10/03/2014 Respect Our Homeworld 258 Rispetto
10/02/2014 Winter 450 Acrostic
09/28/2014 Farewell Ginger 257 Haiku
09/28/2014 Fleeting Serenity 227 Triolet
09/25/2014 Columns and Ranks 304 Quatern
09/20/2014 Somewhere In Time 303 Lyric
09/20/2014 Until My Ticker Expires 244 Lyric
09/20/2014 No Halloween Candy 438 Lyric
09/20/2014 Il Ne Suffit Pas 172 Couplet
09/20/2014 Bedroom Eyes 287 Lyric
09/20/2014 Lovers Point, LP Revisited 218 Acrostic
09/20/2014 I Can Only Touch The empty Air 308 Quatrain
09/19/2014 La Tour des Baleines 215 Verse
09/15/2014 Pinnacle 356 Prose Poetry
09/12/2014 In a dark, dark room 501 Quatern
09/08/2014 Rainy Days 345 Couplet
09/06/2014 Rappelez Vous, Remember 202 Quatrain
09/04/2014 Central Coast Autumn 270 Haiku
09/02/2014 The Mirror Doesn't Delude 229 Rhyme
08/27/2014 Partnach River 296 Haiku
08/21/2014 The Seasons Of Our Love 456 Sonnet
08/19/2014 The Fog Of War 324 Ottava rima
08/18/2014 To my lover on Saturday mornings 466 Footle
08/13/2014 Altruism in the Bible 228 Senryu
08/12/2014 Enlightenment 190 Senryu
08/05/2014 Solitude 206 Quatern
08/05/2014 Black Carriage 355 Verse
08/01/2014 Aha Obama 300 Haiku
07/28/2014 Clouds over the Ardennes 268 Haiku
07/23/2014 Probabilities of Life 238 Haiku
07/22/2014 Piano player in Rotgut's saloon 214 Couplet
07/16/2014 Scouts on Pinecrest Lake 238 Haiku
07/09/2014 Evenings on Strasbourg piers 220 Verse
07/08/2014 Partnach Gorge the most beautiful place 271 Prose Poetry
07/07/2014 Lafayette 280 Clerihew
07/06/2014 Libra 210 Senryu
07/02/2014 Far Destined Winds 226 Sonnet
07/02/2014 Armageddon Forthcoming 201 Senryu
06/27/2014 Point Lobos Paths 180 Couplet

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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.