“A Smothered Scripture” is a collection of poems celebrating my family background, culture, and quest for love. Three chapters entitled: The Catalyst, that map out my background with pieces of my family history; The Conversation, which is my discovery of Love; and The Consciousness, which consists of a few of my comments on Black culture in all its tests and triumphs. Created over the course of a lifetime, I curated and published this collection days before finding out my great-grandmother had passed away. This book has poems for everyone while celebrating Black culture. My hope is that you can connect your own life experiences to the anecdotes I describe within my poetry.