Before we began our campaign
Few were aware of the problems
Of having a ninja baby. Born stealthy
Some of them are three months old
Before their parents catch more
Than the most flighting glimpse of them.
There is something unnerving – believe me--
About a silent baby, dressed in black
Clinging next to the window at 3 A.M.
Squinting thoughtfully at the moon
As if only it understands her.
No matter the parents your ninja child
Is, of course, Japanese. Communicating
Can be extremely difficult.
Nor can one use sitters who are not masters
Of a wide variety of martial arts