View from the window behind my writing
couch this morning – see how the water
is pouring from the spout?

What words to use describe the sound of rain? We had terrific rains this morning in Chicago, the kind that darken the sky at 8 in the morning. Since I love the sound of rain, I started to think about words that capture that sound: That pitter patter on the pavement, that pouring out of the rooftop spout, that drumming on the window. Listen in here to a “sound sculpture” of falling rain if you feel like it.

Needless to say, this is one of my exercises in writing with the senses, in helping us create a three-dimensional world with words, especially through strong verbs.

Here’s my beginning list of rain sounds, but please help me out and add to it:

babble
drip
drop
drum
gurgle
pour
slap
slosh
splatter