The defining characteristics of a traditional ghazal are its rhyme and refrain. The refrain can be a word or phrase. … Every couplet ends with the rhyme and refrain. In the first couplet only, both lines end in the rhyme and refrain. Every line of the poem shares the same meter or syllable count..
My life without you lives, but is tarnished
like that gold in my cupboard, stale and tarnished
that room on the third floor sparsely furnished
where we sat and held court is now tarnished
everything’s in place, just a bit famished
food fills not the belly of the tarnished
no one asks after you, where you have vanished
the days that pass quietly are tarnished
the demons I thought I’d tamed now languish
in the nightmares that remain quite tarnished
silent grief fills the bowl, it’s my garnish
threatening to spill tears, old and tarnished
‘Dearest Ipsy’ failed, broken and vanquished
The brave smile on her face oddly tarnished.