Heathcliff, the Tormented Soul of Wuthering Heights – Piyangie Jay Ediriwickrema

Oh Heathcliff, the gypsy orphan

The stranger to the moors

Unwelcomed at Wuthering Heights

Did you bring a demon to this wild north?

Or did a demon kiss your soul?

For Heights lost its peace since your presence

Oh Heathcliff, the abandoned one

Was the contempt too much for your young heart?

Was the mistreatment too rough for your young self?

How you endured it all, dear Heathcliff

It was your love for Catherine –

A wild, wavering heart which you thought false.

I wouldn’t be hard if I were you, Heathcliff

She loved you in her own way

But played a fool’s game.

Why did you run away Heathcliff?

Is it because of what you heard?

Or her feigned indifference?

I don’t blame you, you poor thing

Wild with no guide to lead you,

Mending your ways was beyond hope

And off you went

With bitterness in heart

Marking time for sweet revenge

You died a thousand deaths by misconstrued rejection.

She died a thousand by your running away

Destiny was cruel, was not that so, Heathcliff?

You came back to avenge all

Not the naïve wild before

But a rich yet wicked ‘gentleman’!

What didn’t you do, dear Heathcliff?

A monster dictated you

for no human was capable of such conduct.

What was Isabella’s fault?

And poor Hareton who adored you?

Cathy junior, the daughter of the woman you loved?

All vindication was lost

With your treatment of the innocent

Which deserved no pardon.

You were a cruel father

Why did you hate your son?

Could you have easily forgotten the pain of your past?

How oh how Heathcliff, you turned to be so vile?

You married a devil –

That’s the explanation.

You paid for your sins, didn’t you?

For her spirit wandered haunting you,

Not giving you a moment’s peace

Were you satisfied, Heathcliff?

I’m sure you weren’t,

In a small deep corner, you knew what you did was wrong

Then it all ended

You left to be united with her

Wuthering Heights found its peace.

But did the moors?

Hardly so, I believe –

You and Catherine still haunt their forlorn terrains.

© Piyangie Jay Ediriwickrema.

About the author

Piyangie Jay Ediriwickrema is an Attorney-at-Law by profession. Her devotion to literature has taken shape in reading and reviewing books of various genres set in different periods of time. She dabs at a little poetry and fiction of her own and hopes to share her work with the readers in the future.