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Date PostedPoemTitle# ViewsForm  
05/16/2021 Better Than Coffee 81 Free verse
04/19/2021 Is There Any Room In Your Heart 134 Lyric
04/17/2021 Back To Her 238 Ghazal
04/17/2021 Prosperity 153 Villanelle
04/03/2021 Frat Boys 187 Alliteration
03/23/2021 Tanka II: I must be dreaming 172 Tanka
03/19/2021 Global Warming 366 Haiku
03/02/2021 flurries of snowflakes 152 Haiku
02/24/2021 Crunch 163 Haiku
02/23/2021 Moonbeams 82 Haiku
02/21/2021 Invoking The Muses 156 Sonnet
02/20/2021 Creative Process 193 Nonet
02/19/2021 Souls Intertwined 185 Sonnet
02/13/2021 Weekend Morning 170 Free verse
02/13/2021 Guitar 547 Diamante
02/13/2021 Soil 494 Diamante
02/02/2021 HE's Still Hanging There 259 Sonnet
01/30/2021 We have only ourselves to blame 651 Pantoum
12/20/2020 Santa's Village Rap 244 Lyric
01/10/2020 Suckered By Your Bluff 289 Lyric
08/20/2019 Izabranica, my favorite word 382 Free verse
05/24/2019 You Can Count On Me 230 Lyric
02/24/2019 Chips And Salsa - final song version 941 Lyric
02/24/2019 she knows I love her 243 Haiku
02/22/2019 CHIPS AND SALSA -- a love song 625 Lyric
02/11/2019 Higher Calling 317 I do not know?
02/03/2019 Tell her you love her 227 Senryu
02/03/2019 Tell The Lady Often That You Love Her 275 Lyric
01/26/2019 No Happily Ever After 364 Lyric
01/23/2019 Keyhole 533 Narrative
01/23/2019 Expiration Dates 353 Enclosed Rhyme
01/15/2019 Tropical Getaway - singable version 812 Lyric
01/14/2019 Warrior Poet 432 Bio
01/14/2019 Hello 495 Rhyme
01/13/2019 Unwelcome Visitors 394 Rhyme
01/10/2019 New Recruits 277 Fibonacci
01/08/2019 The rest: TERROR 469 Sonnet
12/31/2018 Tropical Getaway rewrite 526 Lyric
12/30/2018 Peace rather than conflict 301 Monoku
12/21/2018 Help Wanted 648 Lyric
12/21/2018 Predestined 274 Monoku
12/19/2018 There's Just One Catch with video link 425 Lyric
12/18/2018 Don't Come Back 312 Lyric
12/16/2018 Playing The Long Game 866 Lyric
12/15/2018 Gotta Risk It All For Love-update 1 374 Lyric
09/28/2018 Spooky place 269 Rhyme
06/29/2018 Grassroots Revolution 278 Lyric
06/29/2018 Some Sorrows 336 Lyric
06/03/2018 3 July 2118 659 Free verse
04/17/2018 Alternate Reality 642 Verse
04/08/2018 Towards a hoped-for destination 277 Lyric
09/06/2017 I Miss Your Touch 497 Lyric
08/22/2017 West Berlin 565 Haibun
06/29/2017 Funeral For A Dying World 533 Pantoum
06/20/2017 Chawanakee Rap with video 710 Lyric
04/21/2017 Liars' Moon 506 Lyric
10/28/2016 After the election 676 Senryu
10/14/2016 The Gardener's Song 2192 Lyric
09/08/2016 Some Sorrows--with music attached 562 Lyric
08/11/2016 They Just Won't Drown 566 Lyric
07/22/2016 Things I'll Miss 942 Lyric
07/12/2016 Some Sorrows Just Don't Drown 596 Lyric
07/08/2016 Out Of My League 2022 Lyric
07/06/2016 Copilot 614 Lyric
06/28/2016 Wandering Shoes 712 Lyric
06/27/2016 Blind Man's Bluff 646 Lyric
06/22/2016 Dark Horrors 552 Triolet
06/13/2016 Answers And Questions 573 Lyric
06/11/2016 Questions And Answers - a lyric 694 Lyric
05/16/2016 House of Cards 744 Lyric
05/08/2016 This man's Jesus 654 Lyric
04/17/2016 A Storm Is Brewing 1649 I do not know?
04/06/2016 Seasons 1040 I do not know?
04/03/2016 Citrus Ladies 761 Couplet
03/30/2016 Adult Children: A new species 1010 I do not know?
03/21/2016 Clementine Tree 776 Haiku
03/21/2016 Serenade 675 Lyric
01/25/2016 Suicidal Humanity 3247 Couplet
01/15/2016 Berlin 1216 Quatrain
12/31/2015 New Beginnings - A Shadorma 1075 Shadorma
12/28/2015 Why Poetry soup 801 Senryu
12/28/2015 Tormented in a pitch black room 1279 Quatern
11/13/2015 Addicted to Starcraft-favorite vice 1234 Lyric
10/18/2015 Old and new Halloween poems 1047 Rhyme
09/30/2015 Planning more garden spaces 1001 Abecedarian
09/23/2015 Giving Thanks 1145 Narrative
09/20/2015 Oktoberfest In Munich--etheree 1190 Etheree
09/17/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel--revised 955 Rhyme
09/16/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel 1188 Rhyme
09/14/2015 Joan of Arc memorials 1031 Prose Poetry
09/14/2015 Stove 832 Senryu
09/13/2015 Bella 1401 Haiku
09/10/2015 Cannibal Morticians--A Halloween Poem 904 Rhyme
08/28/2015 Guiding Star 1271 Lyric
08/21/2015 Life Would Keep Going On 1020 Lyric
08/19/2015 If You Were Gone 1070 I do not know?
07/27/2015 Quasimodo 1246 Senryu
07/17/2015 Why do they do that 1009 Senryu
07/17/2015 Freedom's Call 1691 Acrostic
07/06/2015 Becoming Something Better 901 Senryu


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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 for a few years 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.