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06/27/2016 Blind Man's Bluff 35 Lyric
06/22/2016 Dark Horrors 70 Triolet
06/13/2016 Answers And Questions 50 Lyric
06/11/2016 Questions And Answers - a lyric 51 Lyric
05/16/2016 House of Cards 131 Lyric
05/08/2016 This man's Jesus 181 Lyric
04/17/2016 A Storm Is Brewing 238 I do not know?
04/06/2016 Seasons 312 I do not know?
04/03/2016 Citrus Ladies 193 Couplet
03/30/2016 Adult Children: A new species 266 I do not know?
03/21/2016 Clementine Tree 219 Haiku
03/21/2016 Serenade 228 Lyric
01/25/2016 Suicidal Humanity 587 Couplet
01/15/2016 Berlin 365 Quatrain
12/31/2015 New Beginnings - A Shadorma 320 Verse
12/28/2015 Why Poetry soup 245 Senryu
12/28/2015 Tormented in a pitch black room 597 Quatern
11/13/2015 Addicted to Starcraft-favorite vice 426 Lyric
10/18/2015 Old and new Halloween poems 314 Rhyme
09/30/2015 Planning more garden spaces 398 Abecedarian
09/23/2015 Giving Thanks 540 Narrative
09/20/2015 Oktoberfest In Munich--etheree 347 Etheree
09/17/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel--revised 306 Rhyme
09/16/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel 471 Rhyme
09/14/2015 Joan of Arc memorials 383 Prose Poetry
09/14/2015 Stove 293 Senryu
09/13/2015 Bella 551 Haiku
09/10/2015 Cannibal Morticians--A Halloween Poem 287 Rhyme
08/28/2015 Guiding Star 478 Lyric
08/21/2015 Life Would Keep Going On 423 Lyric
08/19/2015 If You Were Gone 397 I do not know?
07/27/2015 Quasimodo 391 Senryu
07/17/2015 Why do they do that 410 Senryu
07/17/2015 Freedom's Call 671 Acrostic
07/06/2015 Becoming Something Better 409 Senryu
06/22/2015 Existence 462 Senryu
06/19/2015 She Whispered I Love You 385 I do not know?
06/15/2015 Lap Dog 649 Haiku
06/10/2015 Weaponize Our Garbage Stuff 670 Couplet
06/05/2015 Music 866 Cinquain
06/04/2015 Tree Leaves 572 Haiku
06/03/2015 Can't hold You Close Enough 528 Lyric
06/01/2015 Henry Dunant 601 Clerihew
05/31/2015 Concert in West Germany 633 Narrative
05/31/2015 unnamed song's sexy chorus 802 Lyric
05/18/2015 This Weekend I Accomplished 815 List
05/13/2015 Normandy Beaches 714 Narrative
05/04/2015 The Last Eclipse 1158 Narrative
04/20/2015 Meaningless Meaning 596 Senryu
04/15/2015 Tragic Vacation 2001 469 Senryu
04/14/2015 Einstein and the Rule of 72 817 Limerick
04/07/2015 Mark Halliday: WarriorPoet 657 Couplet
03/30/2015 Grandma the Firefighter 703 I do not know?
03/25/2015 Friend in exile 490 Senryu
03/18/2015 Excellence 1091 Villanelle
03/18/2015 Greenish 684 I do not know?
03/18/2015 Anachronism 438 Senryu
03/17/2015 Inspiration or evolution 573 Haiku
03/09/2015 Masks and Gondolas 494 Verse
03/09/2015 Nature's First Law 1011 Haiku
03/06/2015 Souls of our culture 1061 Rubaiyat
03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 589 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 660 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 615 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 545 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 655 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 524 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 563 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 981 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 815 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 690 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 778 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 684 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 1092 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 747 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 1056 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 987 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 679 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 679 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 861 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 994 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 643 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 982 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 709 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 585 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 760 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 803 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 1127 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 815 Senryu
12/24/2014 Moonlight Serenade 859 Etheree
12/22/2014 Fortress Home 722 Quatern
12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 741 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 714 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 664 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 813 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 1156 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 969 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 1201 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 817 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 776 Haiku

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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.