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Poems by Mark J. Halliday

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09/06/2017 I Miss Your Touch 127 Lyric
08/22/2017 West Berlin 126 Haibun
06/29/2017 Funeral For A Dying World 156 Pantoum
06/20/2017 Chawanakee Rap with video 274 Lyric
04/21/2017 Liars' Moon 214 Lyric
10/28/2016 After the election 452 Senryu
10/14/2016 The Gardener's Song 1130 Lyric
09/08/2016 Some Sorrows--with music attached 222 Lyric
08/11/2016 They Just Won't Drown 332 Lyric
07/22/2016 Things I'll Miss 632 Lyric
07/12/2016 Some Sorrows Just Don't Drown 393 Lyric
07/08/2016 Out Of My League 804 Lyric
07/06/2016 Copilot 330 Lyric
06/28/2016 Wandering Shoes 503 Lyric
06/27/2016 Blind Man's Bluff 390 Lyric
06/22/2016 Dark Horrors 371 Triolet
06/13/2016 Answers And Questions 347 Lyric
06/11/2016 Questions And Answers - a lyric 304 Lyric
05/16/2016 House of Cards 462 Lyric
05/08/2016 This man's Jesus 442 Lyric
04/17/2016 A Storm Is Brewing 913 I do not know?
04/06/2016 Seasons 779 I do not know?
04/03/2016 Citrus Ladies 552 Couplet
03/30/2016 Adult Children: A new species 624 I do not know?
03/21/2016 Clementine Tree 564 Haiku
03/21/2016 Serenade 485 Lyric
01/25/2016 Suicidal Humanity 1887 Couplet
01/15/2016 Berlin 855 Quatrain
12/31/2015 New Beginnings - A Shadorma 736 Verse
12/28/2015 Why Poetry soup 576 Senryu
12/28/2015 Tormented in a pitch black room 993 Quatern
11/13/2015 Addicted to Starcraft-favorite vice 838 Lyric
10/18/2015 Old and new Halloween poems 680 Rhyme
09/30/2015 Planning more garden spaces 762 Abecedarian
09/23/2015 Giving Thanks 946 Narrative
09/20/2015 Oktoberfest In Munich--etheree 816 Etheree
09/17/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel--revised 613 Rhyme
09/16/2015 Halloween At The Bates Hotel 901 Rhyme
09/14/2015 Joan of Arc memorials 773 Prose Poetry
09/14/2015 Stove 609 Senryu
09/13/2015 Bella 1021 Haiku
09/10/2015 Cannibal Morticians--A Halloween Poem 557 Rhyme
08/28/2015 Guiding Star 884 Lyric
08/21/2015 Life Would Keep Going On 797 Lyric
08/19/2015 If You Were Gone 798 I do not know?
07/27/2015 Quasimodo 883 Senryu
07/17/2015 Why do they do that 789 Senryu
07/17/2015 Freedom's Call 1322 Acrostic
07/06/2015 Becoming Something Better 713 Senryu
06/22/2015 Existence 837 Senryu
06/19/2015 She Whispered I Love You 746 I do not know?
06/15/2015 Lap Dog 1265 Haiku
06/10/2015 Weaponize Our Garbage Stuff 1123 Couplet
06/05/2015 Music 1395 Cinquain
06/04/2015 Tree Leaves 892 Haiku
06/03/2015 Can't hold You Close Enough 937 Lyric
06/01/2015 Henry Dunant 1178 Clerihew
05/31/2015 Concert in West Germany 1081 Narrative
05/31/2015 unnamed song's sexy chorus 1193 Lyric
05/18/2015 This Weekend I Accomplished 1200 List
05/13/2015 Normandy Beaches 1393 Narrative
05/04/2015 The Last Eclipse 1602 Narrative
04/20/2015 Meaningless Meaning 1004 Senryu
04/15/2015 Tragic Vacation 2001 853 Senryu
04/14/2015 Einstein and the Rule of 72 1413 Limerick
04/07/2015 Mark Halliday: WarriorPoet 1138 Couplet
03/30/2015 Grandma the Firefighter 1355 I do not know?
03/25/2015 Friend in exile 834 Senryu
03/18/2015 Excellence 1474 Villanelle
03/18/2015 Greenish 1051 I do not know?
03/18/2015 Anachronism 750 Senryu
03/17/2015 Inspiration or evolution 879 Haiku
03/09/2015 Masks and Gondolas 890 Verse
03/09/2015 Nature's First Law 1579 Haiku
03/06/2015 Souls of our culture 1480 Rubaiyat
03/05/2015 Pain Of The Night 1039 Couplet
03/02/2015 Black and white, white and black 1114 Couplet
03/02/2015 Tangoing with you 963 Haiku
02/27/2015 Peace 893 Senryu
02/25/2015 My Wife--An Angel In Disguise 1126 Rhyme
02/25/2015 Columns and Ranks, Fog of War intermingled 915 Quatern
02/24/2015 Gathering dust on my bookshelves 920 Quatern
02/20/2015 Spring gardening for survival 1346 Sonnet
02/18/2015 Scar On My Heart 1159 Lyric
02/13/2015 Spring garden prep 1063 Abecedarian
02/13/2015 The 90s 1483 Quatrain
02/09/2015 Meaning of Life 1009 Rhyme
02/09/2015 Namesake 1831 Tanka
02/06/2015 Augmented chords 1172 Haiku
02/05/2015 Valentine 1577 Haiku
02/04/2015 Daylight Savings Time 1534 Haiku
02/03/2015 Breath of Love 1015 I do not know?
02/03/2015 Love and humor 993 Dodoitsu
02/02/2015 Raspberry and blackberry bushes 1298 Haiku
01/29/2015 Chocolate Indulgences 1449 Couplet
01/22/2015 Heaven or Hell 1145 Dizain
01/20/2015 Love's Magic 1435 Quatrain
01/18/2015 Hidden beauty in music 1070 Haiku
01/09/2015 Late Rock Stars 883 Senryu
01/05/2015 This Year 1071 Quintain (English)



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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.