I'm saying all this because I wrote some stuff for my new book recently and when I was done I had this really layered piece that explored fear between two people and the elements around them that pose threats. Things just completely out of their control. I wanted to create a spectrum of fear where each person resides at opposite ends and somehow meet in the middle to help each other through it.
The narrator in the poem speaks about them self and their feelings for someone else in a violent way, attempting to communicate honestly about their own supposed flaws and though the language is frightening to the reader, the speaker uses these images for comfort. Essentially to cover up their own fear of feeling emotionally charged in telling someone else all of their thoughts. Almost as a distraction or defense mechanism, for which they hope this other person will see through.
I think much of my work talks in code and utilizes horror to communicate good feelings in unconventional ways. I've found recently this is the perfect way to describe moments in my life as they are happening now. This thing I wrote explores my health issues, the ways that I can change at a moment's notice and how initially that would be alarming to another person. I may use zombie references to do this for fun but it's so real. And then on the other end I address the fears of the other person involved. The speaker in the poem "sees" things that frighten the person they are involved with and want nothing more than to drive those fears away. Be it from the outside world or within her. But they also want to open up, hand over their skull so to speak, so that they may understand all of the things going on in their brain and their body. Kind of like an autopsy.
So in this instance, I'm sure you can imagine the hesitation in the speaker who knows it may be too much to handle for another person. It ends with an image of the witch in the water and it means so much. Here's why: The narrator is coming from a place of preconceived notions about a girl, making extreme assumptions based on fear and irrational emotion. The Salem Witch Trials, as a metaphor, prove the mentality of false accusations and wrongdoing. All of it undeserved. The poem ends with frightening implications of dropping the "witch" in the water, to see if she floats. The difference is I'm there to save her. Because all of my worries were never real. It's perfect. It's a Good Witch's Dream.