. A Villanelle for Robert Hoogland Hoogland was imprisoned for calling his daughter female Their mouths are gagged, their hands are bound; Their children taken by the state, These parents have no legal ground. While children run and play around The lip of Hell’s wide, yawning gate, Their mouths are gagged, their hands are bound. If they should ever make a sound, They’ll age in jail for crimes of hate; These parents have no legal ground. Their efforts will be quickly drowned As red tape seals their children’s fate. Their mouths are gagged, their hands are bound. Their children seized, locked in the pound, Can’t help them now, for it’s too late, These parents have no legal ground. Must we raise our kids unsound And watch them eat the devil’s bait? Our mouths are gagged, our hands are bound; We parents have no legal ground. . . The Great Satan We’ve taught the China folk to snack To sell them our potato chips; We stabbed their culture in the back With words of treasures on our lips. Thus now we teach the world to sin To sell them poisons for their faith: More time with trinkets, less with kin, And no regrets till it’s too late. Colonialism is okay As long as churches are suppressed. Exporting devils every day, That’s the mission of the West. The West once shone atop a hill, But now it’s Satan’s global shill. . . Joshua C. Frank works in the field of statistics and lives near Austin, Texas.