Hrm, my own insanity perhaps. I dunno... the thing itself started out as an ignorant naive hand-rolled templating system, and has grown and developed into a system that I just can't live with out and I have tried.
Whenever I try and get into the mainstream way of doing things I have nightmare flashbacks to my COBOL lessons... sorry! not sorry!
Thankfully now I have embraced the uber-awesomeness (TM) of Miyagawa's plack system, I have everything I ever wanted; my simple dynamic declaritive markup based system and blazing performance... for me I feel like I'm approaching Perl Nirvana and I can't understand at all why people don't get it.