“I call it ‘Three rich old white dudes,’” Derek said. “What do you think of my latest wall art creation, Greg?”
“Those are the Monopoly men posing like those three monkeys, one who sees no evil, one who hears no evil, and one who speaks no evil,” Greg said.
“Right, but it’s more than just that,” Derek said. “It speaks to the greed that has overtaken America. The dude on the left is feeling guilty about his wealth. He’s surrounded by poverty. He’s experiencing paranoia and is shielding his eyes in order to not see the poor people he’s displaced with his luxury hotels and condominiums.”
“Okay,” Greg said. “And what about the one in the middle?”
“The guy in the center thinks the criticism being levied at his unbridled greed is not fair and he’s covering his ears so he can’t hear what he considers to be their supercilious chatter,” Derek explained.
“And the guy with his hands over his mouth?” Greg asked.
“Ah, he feels so much anguish that he’s suffering from myocarditis, and has been having chest pains, abnormal heartbeat, and shortness of breath,” Derek said.
“So he’s going to change his ways and be less greedy and cutthroat?” Greg asked.
“That’s the dark, some might even say macabre, aspect of my wall art,” Derek said. “Despite the guilt, the denials, and the adverse health effects, these three rich old white dudes still believe that greed is good. They’ll keep praying to the money gods, unable to see, hear, or speak the evil.
Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: B P Miller at Unsplash. Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (paranoia), My Vivid Blog (fair), Word of the Day Challenge (supercilious), Your Daily Word Prompt (anguish), Ragtag Daily Prompt (myocarditis), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (macabre).