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01/10/2020 Suckered By Your Bluff 234 Lyric
08/20/2019 Izabranica, my favorite word 278 Free verse
05/24/2019 You Can Count On Me 185 Lyric
02/24/2019 Chips And Salsa - final song version 830 Lyric
02/24/2019 she knows I love her 187 Haiku
02/22/2019 CHIPS AND SALSA -- a love song 451 Lyric
02/11/2019 Higher Calling 224 I do not know?
02/03/2019 Tell her you love her 169 Senryu
02/03/2019 Tell The Lady Often That You Love Her 219 Lyric
01/26/2019 No Happily Ever After 317 Lyric
01/23/2019 Keyhole 418 Narrative
01/23/2019 Expiration Dates 302 Enclosed Rhyme
01/15/2019 Tropical Getaway - singable version 447 Lyric
01/14/2019 Warrior Poet 354 Bio
01/14/2019 Hello 432 Rhyme
01/13/2019 Unwelcome Visitors 346 Rhyme
01/10/2019 New Recruits 215 Fibonacci
01/08/2019 The rest: TERROR 387 Sonnet
12/31/2018 Tropical Getaway rewrite 441 Lyric
12/30/2018 Peace rather than conflict 248 Monoku
12/21/2018 Help Wanted 572 Lyric
12/21/2018 Predestined 227 Monoku
12/19/2018 There's Just One Catch with video link 329 Lyric
12/18/2018 Don't Come Back 256 Lyric
12/16/2018 Playing The Long Game 784 Lyric
12/15/2018 Gotta Risk It All For Love-update 1 325 Lyric
09/28/2018 Spooky place 217 Rhyme
06/29/2018 Grassroots Revolution 232 Lyric
06/29/2018 Some Sorrows 282 Lyric
06/03/2018 3 July 2118 584 Free verse
04/17/2018 Alternate Reality 461 Verse
04/08/2018 Towards a hoped-for destination 228 Lyric
09/06/2017 I Miss Your Touch 440 Lyric
08/22/2017 West Berlin 515 Haibun
06/29/2017 Funeral For A Dying World 473 Pantoum
06/20/2017 Chawanakee Rap with video 654 Lyric
04/21/2017 Liars' Moon 455 Lyric
10/28/2016 After the election 634 Senryu
10/14/2016 The Gardener's Song 2055 Lyric
09/08/2016 Some Sorrows--with music attached 508 Lyric
08/11/2016 They Just Won't Drown 524 Lyric
07/22/2016 Things I'll Miss 895 Lyric
07/12/2016 Some Sorrows Just Don't Drown 542 Lyric
07/08/2016 Out Of My League 1753 Lyric
07/06/2016 Copilot 567 Lyric
06/28/2016 Wandering Shoes 662 Lyric
06/27/2016 Blind Man's Bluff 597 Lyric
06/22/2016 Dark Horrors 518 Triolet
06/13/2016 Answers And Questions 518 Lyric
06/11/2016 Questions And Answers - a lyric 617 Lyric
05/16/2016 House of Cards 697 Lyric
05/08/2016 This man's Jesus 615 Lyric
04/17/2016 A Storm Is Brewing 1524 I do not know?
04/06/2016 Seasons 991 I do not know?
04/03/2016 Citrus Ladies 718 Couplet
03/30/2016 Adult Children: A new species 932 I do not know?
03/21/2016 Clementine Tree 732 Haiku
03/21/2016 Serenade 636 Lyric
01/25/2016 Suicidal Humanity 3136 Couplet
01/15/2016 Berlin 1162 Quatrain
12/31/2015 New Beginnings - A Shadorma 1013 Verse
12/28/2015 Why Poetry soup 763 Senryu
12/28/2015 Tormented in a pitch black room 1210 Quatern
11/13/2015 Addicted to Starcraft-favorite vice 1176 Lyric
10/18/2015 Old and new Halloween poems 977 Rhyme
09/30/2015 Planning more garden spaces 944 Abecedarian
09/23/2015 Giving Thanks 1109 Narrative
09/20/2015 Oktoberfest In Munich--etheree 1104 Etheree
09/17/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel--revised 897 Rhyme
09/16/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel 1131 Rhyme
09/14/2015 Joan of Arc memorials 980 Prose Poetry
09/14/2015 Stove 762 Senryu
09/13/2015 Bella 1333 Haiku
09/10/2015 Cannibal Morticians--A Halloween Poem 817 Rhyme
08/28/2015 Guiding Star 1162 Lyric
08/21/2015 Life Would Keep Going On 977 Lyric
08/19/2015 If You Were Gone 1008 I do not know?
07/27/2015 Quasimodo 1196 Senryu
07/17/2015 Why do they do that 961 Senryu
07/17/2015 Freedom's Call 1638 Acrostic
07/06/2015 Becoming Something Better 858 Senryu
06/22/2015 Existence 1087 Senryu
06/19/2015 She Whispered I Love You 994 I do not know?
06/15/2015 Lap Dog 1676 Haiku
06/10/2015 Weaponize Our Garbage Stuff 1334 Couplet
06/05/2015 Music 1639 Cinquain
06/04/2015 Tree Leaves 1206 Haiku
06/03/2015 Can't hold You Close Enough 1149 Lyric
06/01/2015 Henry Dunant 1482 Clerihew
05/31/2015 Concert in West Germany 1355 Narrative
05/31/2015 unnamed song's sexy chorus 1480 Lyric
05/18/2015 This Weekend I Accomplished 1400 List
05/13/2015 Normandy Beaches 1702 Narrative
05/04/2015 The Last Eclipse 1818 Narrative
04/20/2015 Meaningless Meaning 1333 Senryu
04/15/2015 Tragic Vacation 2001 1070 Senryu
04/14/2015 Einstein and the Rule of 72 2014 Limerick
04/07/2015 Mark Halliday: WarriorPoet 1409 Couplet
03/30/2015 Grandma the Firefighter 1908 I do not know?
03/25/2015 Friend in exile 1181 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.