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11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 14 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 28 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 88 Limerick
11/12/2014 Poetically Musical 111 Diamante
11/12/2014 My Fingernails Will Grow Back 73 Prose
11/12/2014 Sequence 40 Cinqku
11/04/2014 C'est la vie 105 Verse
11/04/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut 87 Epulaeryu
11/04/2014 I am a Seeker 176 Verse
10/31/2014 Mighty Waters 107 Verse
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery 120 Haiku
10/14/2014 The Scent Of Your Soul 97 Haiku
10/14/2014 Stressing 189 I do not know?
10/10/2014 Around the corner 691 Alliteration
10/09/2014 moi-meme 102 Bio
10/08/2014 Monsters 285 Haiku
10/08/2014 October Bliss 195 Sijo
10/03/2014 Bastille Day Bicentennial July 1989 69 Senryu
10/03/2014 Warrior Poet 158 Acrostic
10/03/2014 Respect Our Homeworld 135 Rispetto
10/02/2014 Winter 238 Acrostic
09/28/2014 Farewell Ginger 109 Haiku
09/28/2014 Fleeting Serenity 72 Triolet
09/25/2014 Columns and Ranks 88 Quatern
09/20/2014 Somewhere In Time 185 Lyric
09/20/2014 Until My Ticker Expires 128 Lyric
09/20/2014 No Halloween Candy 262 Lyric
09/20/2014 Il Ne Suffit Pas 59 Couplet
09/20/2014 Bedroom Eyes 181 Lyric
09/20/2014 Lovers Point, LP Revisited 80 Acrostic
09/20/2014 I Can Only Touch The empty Air 159 Quatrain
09/19/2014 La Tour des Baleines 102 Verse
09/15/2014 Pinnacle 204 Prose Poetry
09/12/2014 In a dark, dark room 325 Quatern
09/08/2014 Rainy Days 216 Couplet
09/06/2014 Rappelez Vous, Remember 89 Quatrain
09/04/2014 Central Coast Autumn 128 Haiku
09/02/2014 The Mirror Doesn't Delude 98 Rhyme
08/27/2014 Partnach River 163 Haiku
08/21/2014 The Seasons Of Our Love 255 Sonnet
08/19/2014 The Fog Of War 141 Ottava rima
08/18/2014 To my lover on Saturday mornings 238 Footle
08/13/2014 Altruism in the Bible 117 Senryu
08/12/2014 Enlightenment 62 Senryu
08/05/2014 Solitude 97 Quatern
08/05/2014 Black Carriage 190 Verse
08/01/2014 Aha Obama 168 Haiku
07/28/2014 Clouds over the Ardennes 140 Haiku
07/23/2014 Probabilities of Life 122 Haiku
07/22/2014 Piano player in Rotgut's saloon 83 Couplet
07/16/2014 Scouts on Pinecrest Lake 110 Haiku
07/09/2014 Evenings on Strasbourg piers 102 Verse
07/08/2014 Partnach Gorge the most beautiful place 73 Prose Poetry
07/07/2014 Lafayette 109 Clerihew
07/06/2014 Libra 92 Senryu
07/02/2014 Far Destined Winds 120 Sonnet
07/02/2014 Armageddon Forthcoming 76 Senryu
06/27/2014 Point Lobos Paths 77 Couplet
06/25/2014 Colours 152 Quatern
06/24/2014 Muppet eulogy 184 Senryu
06/23/2014 Rotating Door--Past Lives contest 63 Quatern
06/23/2014 Choucroute garnie 108 Haiku
06/20/2014 Wasted Youth 108 Senryu
06/18/2014 Summer Moon 223 Acrostic
06/18/2014 Zombie Apocalypse 543 Alliteration
06/16/2014 Sunday Saints 95 Senryu
06/10/2014 My Only Flame 583 Rhyme
06/09/2014 Star Wars Rebellion haiku stream 308 Haiku
06/07/2014 Non-Judgemental Sex 256 Haiku
06/06/2014 Jayne Taylor's The Star 145 Couplet
06/06/2014 Is tolerance good or bad 227 Haiku
06/05/2014 Pre-Mortality Angst 96 Quatrain
06/04/2014 Destiny 182 Haiku
06/04/2014 Spiritual Baseball 302 Quatrain
06/02/2014 Writing in sand and stone 244 Sijo
06/01/2014 The X Legion Attack Order 114 Couplet
06/01/2014 Our Love Endures 149 Couplet
05/31/2014 Dad Never Knew His Father 216 Couplet
05/31/2014 German Volksmarches 117 Nonet
05/30/2014 Descent Into The Maelstrom 189 Nonet
05/29/2014 Call La Manche 104 Verse
05/29/2014 Mermaids 269 Haiku
05/28/2014 Debussy Inspiration 98 Quatrain
05/28/2014 I 112 Verse
05/26/2014 Girls night out 175 Senryu
05/26/2014 Modern Prometheus 296 Clerihew
05/26/2014 Distant Thoughts 147 Free verse
05/25/2014 Solar System Surfer 468 Senryu
05/25/2014 Interstate 5 South 135 Senryu
05/22/2014 Unbearable Beauty in Magenta 128 Free verse
05/22/2014 Maple Donuts 293 Senryu
05/21/2014 Tears In The Wind 473 Sonnet
05/20/2014 Aging 258 Senryu
05/20/2014 Gravity 559 Haiku
05/20/2014 Scary Moments 253 Couplet
05/19/2014 To Find The Girl That I'd Love Best 320 Sestina
05/19/2014 The Butterfly Flutters By 308 Free verse
05/18/2014 Gone with the wind 205 Haiku
05/17/2014 Count First -- Three Lines Ae Fine contest 162 Free verse
05/17/2014 Brigham Young 174 Clerihew

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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 like to draw.  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, 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 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 (May 2014), 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.