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Date PostedPoem Title# ViewsForm
09/28/2014Farewell Ginger48Haiku
09/28/2014Fleeting Serenity20Triolet
09/25/2014Columns and Ranks34Quatern
09/20/2014Somewhere In Time133Lyric
09/20/2014Until My Ticker Expires61Lyric
09/20/2014No Halloween Candy120Lyric
09/20/2014Il Ne Suffit Pas22Couplet
09/20/2014Bedroom Eyes113Lyric
09/20/2014Lovers Point, LP Revisited37Acrostic
09/20/2014I Can Only Touch The empty Air85Quatrain
09/19/2014La Tour des Baleines58Verse
09/15/2014Pinnacle117Prose Poetry
09/12/2014In a dark, dark room182Quatern
09/08/2014Rainy Days126Couplet
09/06/2014Rappelez Vous, Remember55Quatrain
09/04/2014Central Coast Autumn84Haiku
09/02/2014The Mirror Doesn't Delude67Rhyme
08/27/2014Partnach River129Haiku
08/21/2014The Seasons Of Our Love219Sonnet
08/19/2014The Fog Of War98Ottava rima
08/18/2014To my lover on Saturday mornings144Footle
08/13/2014Altruism in the Bible88Senryu
08/05/2014Black Carriage141Verse
08/01/2014Aha Obama128Haiku
07/28/2014Clouds over the Ardennes108Haiku
07/23/2014Probabilities of Life102Haiku
07/22/2014Piano player in Rotgut's saloon62Couplet
07/16/2014Scouts on Pinecrest Lake70Haiku
07/09/2014Evenings on Strasbourg piers76Verse
07/08/2014Partnach Gorge the most beautiful place55Prose Poetry
07/02/2014Far Destined Winds101Sonnet
07/02/2014Armageddon Forthcoming57Senryu
06/27/2014Point Lobos Paths55Couplet
06/24/2014Muppet eulogy138Senryu
06/23/2014Rotating Door--Past Lives contest50Quatern
06/23/2014Choucroute garnie84Haiku
06/20/2014Wasted Youth97Senryu
06/18/2014Summer Moon180Acrostic
06/18/2014Zombie Apocalypse325Alliteration
06/16/2014Sunday Saints77Senryu
06/10/2014My Only Flame405Rhyme
06/09/2014Star Wars Rebellion haiku stream243Haiku
06/07/2014Non-Judgemental Sex210Haiku
06/06/2014Jayne Taylor's The Star116Couplet
06/06/2014Is tolerance good or bad162Haiku
06/05/2014Pre-Mortality Angst84Quatrain
06/04/2014Spiritual Baseball233Quatrain
06/02/2014Writing in sand and stone207Sijo
06/01/2014The X Legion Attack Order98Couplet
06/01/2014Our Love Endures134Couplet
05/31/2014Dad Never Knew His Father177Couplet
05/31/2014German Volksmarches90Nonet
05/30/2014Descent Into The Maelstrom171Nonet
05/29/2014Call La Manche84Verse
05/28/2014Debussy Inspiration83Quatrain
05/26/2014Girls night out164Senryu
05/26/2014Modern Prometheus205Clerihew
05/26/2014Distant Thoughts123Free verse
05/25/2014Solar System Surfer382Senryu
05/25/2014Interstate 5 South119Senryu
05/22/2014Unbearable Beauty in Magenta109Free verse
05/22/2014Maple Donuts227Senryu
05/21/2014Tears In The Wind452Sonnet
05/20/2014Scary Moments229Couplet
05/19/2014To Find The Girl That I'd Love Best200Sestina
05/19/2014The Butterfly Flutters By245Free verse
05/18/2014Gone with the wind179Haiku
05/17/2014Count First -- Three Lines Ae Fine contest147Free verse
05/17/2014Brigham Young140Clerihew
05/16/2014Muscle Car Envy228Haiku
05/16/2014Michelle O184Clerihew
05/16/2014Eat The Rainbow414Lyric
05/15/2014Escape to nowhere194Haiku
05/15/2014Sexy Death Wish171Haiku
05/15/2014Measure For Measure106Haiku
05/15/2014Snuggle Bears138Haiku
05/15/2014InThe Mood For Love Again167Acrostic
05/14/2014Facebook et cetera216Haiku
05/13/20145:44 AM196Haiku
05/12/2014Obsessed by quaterns132Quatern
05/12/2014Don't Jinx It93Quatern
05/12/2014Bridging Scouts129Verse
05/11/2014Mister and Miss Right188Free verse
05/11/2014Cliches or Where have You Been All My Life117Lyric
05/09/2014Viking Death Prayer308Haiku
05/08/2014Into the sunset381Haiku

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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.