Poems by Mark J. Halliday

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04/17/2018 Alternate Reality 50 Verse
04/08/2018 Towards a hoped-for destination 23 Lyric
09/06/2017 I Miss Your Touch 222 Lyric
08/22/2017 West Berlin 279 Haibun
06/29/2017 Funeral For A Dying World 204 Pantoum
06/20/2017 Chawanakee Rap with video 390 Lyric
04/21/2017 Liars' Moon 287 Lyric
10/28/2016 After the election 508 Senryu
10/14/2016 The Gardener's Song 1297 Lyric
09/08/2016 Some Sorrows--with music attached 255 Lyric
08/11/2016 They Just Won't Drown 369 Lyric
07/22/2016 Things I'll Miss 685 Lyric
07/12/2016 Some Sorrows Just Don't Drown 414 Lyric
07/08/2016 Out Of My League 962 Lyric
07/06/2016 Copilot 368 Lyric
06/28/2016 Wandering Shoes 535 Lyric
06/27/2016 Blind Man's Bluff 417 Lyric
06/22/2016 Dark Horrors 394 Triolet
06/13/2016 Answers And Questions 384 Lyric
06/11/2016 Questions And Answers - a lyric 363 Lyric
05/16/2016 House of Cards 509 Lyric
05/08/2016 This man's Jesus 476 Lyric
04/17/2016 A Storm Is Brewing 1015 I do not know?
04/06/2016 Seasons 849 I do not know?
04/03/2016 Citrus Ladies 585 Couplet
03/30/2016 Adult Children: A new species 698 I do not know?
03/21/2016 Clementine Tree 592 Haiku
03/21/2016 Serenade 504 Lyric
01/25/2016 Suicidal Humanity 2192 Couplet
01/15/2016 Berlin 925 Quatrain
12/31/2015 New Beginnings - A Shadorma 782 Verse
12/28/2015 Why Poetry soup 597 Senryu
12/28/2015 Tormented in a pitch black room 1018 Quatern
11/13/2015 Addicted to Starcraft-favorite vice 880 Lyric
10/18/2015 Old and new Halloween poems 725 Rhyme
09/30/2015 Planning more garden spaces 784 Abecedarian
09/23/2015 Giving Thanks 990 Narrative
09/20/2015 Oktoberfest In Munich--etheree 847 Etheree
09/17/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel--revised 652 Rhyme
09/16/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel 934 Rhyme
09/14/2015 Joan of Arc memorials 811 Prose Poetry
09/14/2015 Stove 631 Senryu
09/13/2015 Bella 1112 Haiku
09/10/2015 Cannibal Morticians--A Halloween Poem 584 Rhyme
08/28/2015 Guiding Star 928 Lyric
08/21/2015 Life Would Keep Going On 840 Lyric
08/19/2015 If You Were Gone 829 I do not know?
07/27/2015 Quasimodo 930 Senryu
07/17/2015 Why do they do that 834 Senryu
07/17/2015 Freedom's Call 1422 Acrostic
07/06/2015 Becoming Something Better 739 Senryu
06/22/2015 Existence 854 Senryu
06/19/2015 She Whispered I Love You 802 I do not know?
06/15/2015 Lap Dog 1353 Haiku
06/10/2015 Weaponize Our Garbage Stuff 1181 Couplet
06/05/2015 Music 1421 Cinquain
06/04/2015 Tree Leaves 910 Haiku
06/03/2015 Can't hold You Close Enough 972 Lyric
06/01/2015 Henry Dunant 1239 Clerihew
05/31/2015 Concert in West Germany 1132 Narrative
05/31/2015 unnamed song's sexy chorus 1242 Lyric
05/18/2015 This Weekend I Accomplished 1227 List
05/13/2015 Normandy Beaches 1481 Narrative
05/04/2015 The Last Eclipse 1644 Narrative
04/20/2015 Meaningless Meaning 1039 Senryu
04/15/2015 Tragic Vacation 2001 913 Senryu
04/14/2015 Einstein and the Rule of 72 1557 Limerick
04/07/2015 Mark Halliday: WarriorPoet 1193 Couplet
03/30/2015 Grandma the Firefighter 1526 I do not know?
03/25/2015 Friend in exile 863 Senryu
03/18/2015 Excellence 1521 Villanelle
03/18/2015 Greenish 1086 I do not know?
03/18/2015 Anachronism 779 Senryu
03/17/2015 Inspiration or evolution 916 Haiku
03/09/2015 Masks and Gondolas 919 Verse
03/09/2015 Nature's First Law 1648 Haiku
03/06/2015 Souls of our culture 1508 Rubaiyat
03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 1086 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 1143 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 987 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 904 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 1186 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 960 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 963 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 1369 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 1199 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 1106 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 1585 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 1034 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 1923 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 1209 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 1634 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 1652 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 1051 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 1029 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 1339 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 1520 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 1224 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 1472 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 1098 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 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.