Raleigh

Raleigh always pauses to roll and stretch before he proceeds.
I interrupt his routine and pick him up, 
Impatient with his process, focused on my agenda, 
Running late.

Sometimes, I stop myself.  
I pause and watch him roll and stretch.
I smile because he looks so happy.
He invites me to join him.

What if I did?
What if I stretched and rolled on the grass,  

Then simply smiled and soaked in the sun?