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Poems by Mark J. Halliday

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06/20/2017 Chawanakee Rap with video 44 Lyric
04/21/2017 Liars' Moon 131 Lyric
10/28/2016 After the election 422 Senryu
10/14/2016 The Gardener's Song 954 Lyric
09/08/2016 Some Sorrows--with music attached 194 Lyric
08/11/2016 They Just Won't Drown 237 Lyric
07/22/2016 Things I'll Miss 576 Lyric
07/12/2016 Some Sorrows Just Don't Drown 369 Lyric
07/08/2016 Out Of My League 651 Lyric
07/06/2016 Copilot 301 Lyric
06/28/2016 Wandering Shoes 479 Lyric
06/27/2016 Blind Man's Bluff 349 Lyric
06/22/2016 Dark Horrors 343 Triolet
06/13/2016 Answers And Questions 305 Lyric
06/11/2016 Questions And Answers - a lyric 277 Lyric
05/16/2016 House of Cards 399 Lyric
05/08/2016 This man's Jesus 395 Lyric
04/17/2016 A Storm Is Brewing 842 I do not know?
04/06/2016 Seasons 718 I do not know?
04/03/2016 Citrus Ladies 443 Couplet
03/30/2016 Adult Children: A new species 575 I do not know?
03/21/2016 Clementine Tree 530 Haiku
03/21/2016 Serenade 460 Lyric
01/25/2016 Suicidal Humanity 1616 Couplet
01/15/2016 Berlin 822 Quatrain
12/31/2015 New Beginnings - A Shadorma 636 Verse
12/28/2015 Why Poetry soup 540 Senryu
12/28/2015 Tormented in a pitch black room 956 Quatern
11/13/2015 Addicted to Starcraft-favorite vice 800 Lyric
10/18/2015 Old and new Halloween poems 651 Rhyme
09/30/2015 Planning more garden spaces 720 Abecedarian
09/23/2015 Giving Thanks 919 Narrative
09/20/2015 Oktoberfest In Munich--etheree 777 Etheree
09/17/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel--revised 584 Rhyme
09/16/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel 842 Rhyme
09/14/2015 Joan of Arc memorials 737 Prose Poetry
09/14/2015 Stove 584 Senryu
09/13/2015 Bella 957 Haiku
09/10/2015 Cannibal Morticians--A Halloween Poem 536 Rhyme
08/28/2015 Guiding Star 857 Lyric
08/21/2015 Life Would Keep Going On 775 Lyric
08/19/2015 If You Were Gone 757 I do not know?
07/27/2015 Quasimodo 815 Senryu
07/17/2015 Why do they do that 736 Senryu
07/17/2015 Freedom's Call 1244 Acrostic
07/06/2015 Becoming Something Better 682 Senryu
06/22/2015 Existence 804 Senryu
06/19/2015 She Whispered I Love You 680 I do not know?
06/15/2015 Lap Dog 1202 Haiku
06/10/2015 Weaponize Our Garbage Stuff 1080 Couplet
06/05/2015 Music 1345 Cinquain
06/04/2015 Tree Leaves 857 Haiku
06/03/2015 Can't hold You Close Enough 897 Lyric
06/01/2015 Henry Dunant 1117 Clerihew
05/31/2015 Concert in West Germany 1038 Narrative
05/31/2015 unnamed song's sexy chorus 1133 Lyric
05/18/2015 This Weekend I Accomplished 1167 List
05/13/2015 Normandy Beaches 1253 Narrative
05/04/2015 The Last Eclipse 1534 Narrative
04/20/2015 Meaningless Meaning 972 Senryu
04/15/2015 Tragic Vacation 2001 826 Senryu
04/14/2015 Einstein and the Rule of 72 1337 Limerick
04/07/2015 Mark Halliday: WarriorPoet 1079 Couplet
03/30/2015 Grandma the Firefighter 1283 I do not know?
03/25/2015 Friend in exile 795 Senryu
03/18/2015 Excellence 1447 Villanelle
03/18/2015 Greenish 1023 I do not know?
03/18/2015 Anachronism 708 Senryu
03/17/2015 Inspiration or evolution 849 Haiku
03/09/2015 Masks and Gondolas 853 Verse
03/09/2015 Nature's First Law 1495 Haiku
03/06/2015 Souls of our culture 1427 Rubaiyat
03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 1011 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 1086 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 925 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 872 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 1081 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 880 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 892 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 1322 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 1127 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 1025 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 1392 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 973 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 1702 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 1124 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 1526 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 1497 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 982 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 966 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 1237 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 1420 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 1072 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 1416 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 1027 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 849 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 1041 Quintain (English)
01/05/2015 Magic Beans 1084 Quatrain
12/29/2014 Dog Kisses 1650 Haiku
12/29/2014 In the moment on guitar 1086 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.