Competition 29 : Anyone for Balladettes?

Your chance to pioneer a new form, the balladette?
The full Villon/Lang is a tall order in rhyme-poor English and at 32 lines double LUPO's competition maximum, so you are invited to try your hand at a mini-ballade of 12 lines, that is, one of the eight-line stanzas plus envoi, on any topic that appeals.

Entries, clearly headed Competition 29. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 15th, please.