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03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 8 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 9 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 40 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 34 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 38 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 43 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 93 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 176 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 119 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 105 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 115 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 140 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 138 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 251 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 135 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 130 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 126 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 142 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 236 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 167 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 335 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 212 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 138 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 208 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 274 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 312 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 190 Senryu
12/24/2014 Moonlight Serenade 275 Etheree
12/22/2014 Fortress Home 199 Quatern
12/18/2014 Christmas 2005 in Iraq with MiTT 2-2-2 209 Prose Poetry
12/18/2014 Resolution 2015 198 Senryu
12/15/2014 Puppets 214 Senryu
12/15/2014 Yellow Roses 245 I do not know?
12/15/2014 Longing: Lust and Love 400 Cinquain
12/11/2014 Don't Stress Christmas - repost 150 Verse
12/08/2014 George Baily-It's A Wonderful Life 286 Rhyme
12/02/2014 Ballroom Delights 346 Sonnet
12/02/2014 Tungsten or Wolfram 204 Haiku
11/26/2014 Keukenhof Gardens 276 Haiku
11/26/2014 Motivation By Inspiration 164 Verse
11/26/2014 Hush of Christmas past 157 Senryu
11/24/2014 What's Up With Santa 398 Senryu
11/20/2014 Musical Fingers - compound word verse 205 Rhyme
11/13/2014 Diasbled Musician 332 Limerick
11/12/2014 Poetically Musical 343 Diamante
11/12/2014 My Fingernails Will Grow Back 261 Prose
11/12/2014 Sequence 157 Cinqku
11/04/2014 C'est la vie 336 Verse
11/04/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut 237 Epulaeryu
11/04/2014 I am a Seeker 343 Verse
10/31/2014 Mighty Waters 299 Verse
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery 305 Haiku
10/14/2014 The Scent Of Your Soul 238 Haiku
10/14/2014 Stressing 522 I do not know?
10/10/2014 Around the corner 1185 Alliteration
10/09/2014 moi-meme 224 Bio
10/08/2014 Monsters 500 Haiku
10/08/2014 October Bliss 346 Sijo
10/03/2014 Bastille Day Bicentennial July 1989 183 Senryu
10/03/2014 Warrior Poet 318 Acrostic
10/03/2014 Respect Our Homeworld 255 Rispetto
10/02/2014 Winter 443 Acrostic
09/28/2014 Farewell Ginger 254 Haiku
09/28/2014 Fleeting Serenity 222 Triolet
09/25/2014 Columns and Ranks 301 Quatern
09/20/2014 Somewhere In Time 296 Lyric
09/20/2014 Until My Ticker Expires 241 Lyric
09/20/2014 No Halloween Candy 436 Lyric
09/20/2014 Il Ne Suffit Pas 169 Couplet
09/20/2014 Bedroom Eyes 285 Lyric
09/20/2014 Lovers Point, LP Revisited 213 Acrostic
09/20/2014 I Can Only Touch The empty Air 302 Quatrain
09/19/2014 La Tour des Baleines 210 Verse
09/15/2014 Pinnacle 349 Prose Poetry
09/12/2014 In a dark, dark room 498 Quatern
09/08/2014 Rainy Days 343 Couplet
09/06/2014 Rappelez Vous, Remember 199 Quatrain
09/04/2014 Central Coast Autumn 265 Haiku
09/02/2014 The Mirror Doesn't Delude 218 Rhyme
08/27/2014 Partnach River 292 Haiku
08/21/2014 The Seasons Of Our Love 451 Sonnet
08/19/2014 The Fog Of War 318 Ottava rima
08/18/2014 To my lover on Saturday mornings 451 Footle
08/13/2014 Altruism in the Bible 226 Senryu
08/12/2014 Enlightenment 183 Senryu
08/05/2014 Solitude 203 Quatern
08/05/2014 Black Carriage 345 Verse
08/01/2014 Aha Obama 297 Haiku
07/28/2014 Clouds over the Ardennes 262 Haiku
07/23/2014 Probabilities of Life 232 Haiku
07/22/2014 Piano player in Rotgut's saloon 208 Couplet
07/16/2014 Scouts on Pinecrest Lake 231 Haiku
07/09/2014 Evenings on Strasbourg piers 213 Verse
07/08/2014 Partnach Gorge the most beautiful place 266 Prose Poetry
07/07/2014 Lafayette 276 Clerihew
07/06/2014 Libra 204 Senryu
07/02/2014 Far Destined Winds 221 Sonnet
07/02/2014 Armageddon Forthcoming 198 Senryu
06/27/2014 Point Lobos Paths 174 Couplet
06/25/2014 Colours 304 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.